At my age, it is so difficult to make new friends and so much harder to say good-bye. Yesterday, one of the few people I can call a good friend stopped by for a final good-bye. It was so sad. I cried, she cried. She and her family left this morning on a plane heading to the East Coast first with the final destination being England. Susan and her family are from England and they wanted to go back to their roots.
Susan is one of those people who is thoughtful and does not push. When I told her I was busy, she didn’t make me feel guilty. Up until Monday I was really busy with finishing my college degree, and many people made ignoring them while I finished my goal a problem. She hung out with me when it was convenient for the both of us, and when it wasn’t, it was no big deal. Needless to say, we had many heart-to-heart conversations at Chuck E. Cheese’s where we could provide entertainment for the kids, salads for us, and prizes at the end. Typical mother multi-tasking!
When it was time for gifts, she gave me things she knew I liked — not things that she liked and thought maybe I would like. For example, I have a soft spot for silver dragees which have been outlawed her in California. Before leaving, Susan left me a bottle of the little buggers so that I can have cookies like those from my childhood at Christmastime. I am not sure why they are recalled, but if there is anything dangerous in them, I am already damaged because I ate so many when I was little. What’s a little more? There is so much joy to be had in that bottle of dragees. I cannot wait for Christmas!
Today is a sad day and it makes it hard to write…
Bye, Susan, Chloe, Jackson and Simon….I will miss you terribly!