Saturday, May 21, 2011

First Goodbyes

It’s hard to believe that the time has come to say our goodbyes to some. When we tell people that we leave for Seoul July 20th, they say, “Oh, well, you’ve still got some time.” And, while this is true, there are so many steps that we have to go through during the next two months that to us, it feels like no time at all. We have to measure our time left here in small increments: 3 weeks left in the house, 2 weeks at Dad’s before we leave for MS, 2 weeks in MS, 10 days back in WA before we leave for Seoul. When you break it down that way…it doesn’t sound like two months to me!

So, this week we had our first goodbyes. My brother left for Alaska, so we had a great farewell dinner with him and some of his friends. It’s hard to imagine not seeing him for more than two years. At this point, we are not planning on returning to WA until next summer. Since he fishes in Alaska during the summer, he won’t be here when we come home to visit. So, if he doesn’t come visit us in Seoul, we may not see him until we move back home!
We have been so busy planning, packing, and preparing for the future, that we haven’t really thought about how to wrap up and say goodbye to our lives here. It looks like I've got another list to write!

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