Ten days from today my youngest daughter will “fly” the proverbial nest. She leaves our home to begin her journey in college. I have moments of bliss, pride and encouragement. I also have moments of body-shaking sobs. I know this is normal; and it’s breaking my heart.
I’m proud of her and her accomplishments. I’m delighted how funny and intelligent she is. I enjoy her company. She’s a great girl!
How have you dealt with this? I’d love to hear from others on how to get through this smoothly, with class and smiles.
Life IS richer when surrounded by cool people. That’s part of this life.
We’ve had great conversations, walks, outings, dinners, breakfasts, parties and school events together. Part of expat life is making new friends quickly and then having to say “a hui hou” ~ Hawaiian for until we meet again.
I don’t think it gets easier. I think it hurts because it matters.
What I learned in Bangkok, Thailand over the weekend:
Happy greetings are exchanged upon entering and leaving a place, and/or in the company of a person. The people are so friendly and generous.
The food is great and as varied as the population. I ate Mexican, Thai and Spanish foods. I participated in a Thai cooking class and will bring my new recipes to my family very soon. The spices and mixtures seduce the senses with flavors.
There are old and new tall buildings, amazing temples, enormous malls, a large outdoor weekend market, statues, and homes on stilts over water that appear at the end of their life expectancy. The elevated metro train is easy to use and navigate, albeit lacking “change making” machines. My only surprise was when I entered the taxi at the airport and the driver was sitting on the right side of the car! There were flowers on trees, in potted plants, lining the sidewalks and arranged in patterns in parks.
The rich culture, history and modern vibe washed over me as I enjoyed the weekend.