Part of relocating to a different city or state or country is saying goodbye. Saying goodbye to friends and family that you love, the people that make up your every day interactions. We say goodbye and share some memories and shed some tears.
We started our goodbyes with a going away party at Monty’s Seafood and Raw Bar in Miami Beach. We invited our coworkers and friends and family. We invited everyone that we wanted to see, that made our life in Miami special and memorable. Several people were unable to attend, but we were grateful to spend time with all those that came out.
This get together happened to take place a couple of days before my birthday so my sister and niece got me a Snickers pie and everyone sang “Happy Birthday.” And my friends, Renee and Jose, gave me a garden gnome as a going away/housewarming gift! I love him!! (There is a whole long story/inside joke thing behind the gnome.)
Gnomie made his temporary home on my desk.
Then our friends, Carl and Agi, hosted a small potluck at their house and we got to see a few more friends.
This past Sunday we got together with some of my scrappy girls for brunch at Perricone’s. Unfortunately, not everyone could make it for one reason or another, but it was still a good time with good company.
There was also a dinner at the home of one of Christian’s friends and a family dinner at my niece’s house, both of which I forgot to take pictures of. This Friday we are having dinner with our friends, the Deans, and Sunday I’m having a “Girls’ Lunch” with my dear friend, Tere. It’s a lot of stuff, a lot of events to attend, a lot of people to see, a lot to keep track of. It’s a bit hectic but, to paraphrase Christian, “it should make you feel good and it shows who really cares about you.”
And I care about them, too. These are the faces that I want to remember. Every single one of them is special to us in one way or another.