Today, we said goodbye to our friends and neighbors in Addis Ababa. The Whitts have been our neighbors for over 2 years. We were their sponsors when they arrived. Now, we are watching them leave and we are STILL here. sniff, sniff They are a wonderful family and we wish them well. Take care and safe travels. We love you guys and will miss you tons!
This part of the Foreign Service stinks. I am quickly learning that there are two types of ways you "deal" or "cope" with the goodbye situation. One way usually consists of a group of veteran, foreign servicers who have said so many goodbyes over the years in so many countries that they AVOID (at all costs) goodbyes and say SEE YA LATER! No tears and no drama!
The other way of coping is to say goodbye, hug, shed some tears, and sulk the rest of the day. Well, I am in this category. What can I say? I am a newbie and sometimes you just need a good cry! Eating Halloween candy is also part of the "coping" process.