And so, I'm psychoanalyzing myself. I think that I have built up a bit of a wall. It's hard to always be saying goodbye. Maybe it is easier to just not bother missing people at all.
Then it was our turn to leave (although we expect to be back eventually!). And we moved to yet another extremely transient environment. The expat community is certainly about as far from stable as you can get. We knew this coming in, but this summer is the first wave of goodbyes I have had to say, and it is no fun!
Tonight we said goodbye to the Bowman's. They have truly been our family here in Japan for the last year. It was one of those wonderful friendships that spreads through the whole family - parents and kids both. I really will always think of them as family, and we will miss them terribly. There were certainly some tears shed tonight!
Sayonara, our friends! Until we meet again!
I feel like this has been a somewhat depressing post, and I really didn't mean for it to be. It is hard to say goodbye, but I also feel so blessed by all the people I have gotten to know wherever we have lived. It's the same blessing and difficulty that I mentioned about places. You leave pieces of your heart wherever you go, and you leave pieces of your heart with all the people you meet. I never expected my life to unfold as it has so far, but I wouldn't change it.
Neighborhood sayonara party for the two ladies sitting on the couch with me.
Sayonara to the Kansai Branch as we have known it.
Our two biggest families are leaving in the next month!
Sayonara to third grade!
Enough of the sayonaras. As a fellow expat said on facebook today, we'll say instead, "Ja mata!' Until next time!