Goodbye Party Fun but Sad
Yesterday our friends the Quinns and Kawechis threw us a Goodbye Party. It was a perfect day weather-wise which was great because my friend Diane Quinn who had the party at her house loves to give her parties outside. We had a bad winter, so everyone is looking forward to the days to be outside. Diane and Arlene did so much work to get ready for this party. Luckily we have the kind of friends that always bring something to the party, so we had so much good food. There were about 50 people there and we loved every minute of the time we had with them. Diane wanted us to wear matching brightly colored T-Shirts with Ecuador on it, but I had to say no to a T-shirt. Leo and I decided to dress in all white with “Panama-ish” hats on. Leo, who is Venezuelan, looked the part of the Spanish plantation owner in an old Spanish movie. He was only missing the cigar!
Diane’s husband, Jack, worked on the yard for 3 days to get it looking pristine. It looked so good that even my nine year old granddaughter, Jane, turned to her dad and said, “Did you notice how green this grass is? Our yard doesn’t look like this.”
I’ve been controlling my emotions pretty well about having to leave my friends and family, but on the way over to the party I started to cry. I was good for most of the party until our friend, George Kawecki gave the toast. Then I recovered and was able to enjoy my friends, pushing back the reality that we will be leaving them. At a point during the party, I stopped and just looked around for a minute marveling at all the wonderful people we know and have enjoyed over the years. It was really heartwarming! I felt truly blessed.