Saying “so long” again….to Monica and Samia this week, a few more in the coming months. To me, that is the worst part of this expat life: it’s hard on the heart.
We have this wonderful life, surrounded by beauty, great food, different cultures, some art, music and shopping. We all know that we are here for a finite time, but that doesn’t make the “good-byes” any easier to do, say or feel.
Whether you are repatriating or moving on to another wonderful country and adventure, I wish you well and a hui hou, Hawaiian for “until we meet again.”
If we hadn’t met, I would be sadder. I’m blessed to have had you in my life.
I share this article because it explains what I cannot.
According to me, thirty-one years ago I made the best choice EVER, when I stood on a pulpit, in front of 285 friends and family and said, “I do” facing my high school sweetheart. Surrounded by love and lots of purple flowers, we began our adventurous life together.
Everyday has been nothing short of “Whoa!” I have loved this ride called “married life”; and I look forward to thirty-one more happy, healthy and FUN years together.
From Dallas, TX to Temple, TX to Baltimore, MD to La Habra Heights, CA to Honolulu, HI to Abu Dhabi, UAE, I’ve loved you more everyday. Thank you for making these past thirty-one years great ones! Happy ❤️ Anniversary, Mark Schnitzer.
Funny: watching a man honk at two pigeons who are in his parking spot.
Sad: hearing the news of shootings in schools, bars, countries, alligator attack, sickness and hunger.
Reflections: gratitude for my husband, our lovely, happy & healthy children, my “framily” (the family we’ve created from our friends… expat life bonus), the stunning sunsets and belly laughs and dinner table conversations.
I celebrate with friends. I prepare special treats.
We laugh, we sing, we dance, we eat.
I walk in the city. I meet up with friends.
Our time here as expats, sadly must end.
Gentle reminders: Have FUN everyday!! Make the most of every connection and interaction you have. The days are long, but the years are short. Make the most of everything.
I wish all my repatriating friends “a hui hou” (until we meet again) and safe and happy travels. This time of year, I say that a lot. If I hadn’t chosen this expat life, I would not have had the great fortunate to meet them. I’m grateful and blessed and heart-broken all at the same time.