Goodbye Party Fun but Sad

Goodbye Party Fun but Sad

Yes, Ecuador, Here We Come

Yes, Ecuador, Here We Come

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!

The Three Amigos

The Three Amigos

 

The Three Amigas

The Three Amiga

 

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.”

Leo's Volleyball Assistants

Leo’s Volleyball Assistants

Laura, Bonnie and Fred

Laura, Bonnie and Fred

 

Lots of Friends

Lots of Friends

 

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.

Family

Family

Cut the cake

Cut the cake

 

8 Comments
    • Bonnie, I loved seeing you and Fred again. I have such great memories of our time together in Massachusetts. That was a fun time in our lives…most of it. I want to thank you for that great Adios card-so cool. Also, I will use the McDonald’s card with the addresses of the 3 McDonald’s in Guayaquil. Too funny, right? We will have to go to Guayaquil to get the rest of our paper work for residency approved, so we will check out Micky D’s and think of you. I will take pics to show you what it looks like and what is on the menu (different I bet). Thanks for your research on that. You always go the extra mile. Keep in touch! Send pics! Joyce

  1. Your party looked wonderful—-the fact that you have so many friends is, indeed, a tribute to you and Leo.Take your memories with you, tuck them in your heart, and open them when you need a special moment. I’ll be thinking of you.
    Jan

    • Jan, thank you for you sweet words. P.S. On a previous comment I referred to “Soul Train” when I meant to say “Love Train”. Was the concert great?

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