I recently finished a blanket that I made for some friends. It was a sad moment when I finished it....
Not that I was sad to give it away, I was sad because it meant that they were going away - and taking the blanket to Scotland!
I don't want to wallow in self pity here but my blog is about capturing life and sometimes it's not all chocolates and roses! I'll just be brief....
When we first came to Australia back at the end of 2005 (just for a year), I was lucky enough to meet a family who would become a big part of my life here. We were neighbours in a foreign country bonding over coffee and children. I think we were similar in the way we approached life and we just clicked.
Our kids have more or less grown up together. Sibs considers them her family. Actually, that's how I feel too...
All those significant moments over the last 10 years or so have been shared in their company.
Milestones have been reached and experienced together.
Occasions and events have been celebrated together.
As I'm writing this my mind is buzzing with the memories.
As well as the big stuff they have always been there for everyday things too. I could not count the number of coffees and wines shared! But on a more serious note they have been the friends that I've felt completely comfortable asking those last minute favours of. The people that I could phone or text anytime, the name on the emergency contact list.... (must sort that one out!)
So you see what I mean when I say I'm sad....?
Quite simply, I'm going to really really miss them.
Saying goodbye was tough. We struggled with that horrid word.
So do you know what? Let's not use it! Let's just hold onto the hundreds of happy memories, pretend that they've gone on an extended holiday and start the saving for our next trip home when a visit up to Scotland will be taking place.
Thank you W family for being truly lovely friends. Raising a glass to your new adventures and we'll see you next year in your new housie!
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."