I've done alright with the goodbyes we have had to say thus far--although I won't lie-- they were difficult. Now I'm staring down the barrel of our next goodbye and it's going to be the hardest one yet.
I met Heather two weeks after moving to Wuxi. Nick and I were walking a restless 5 month around our compound when we spotted another white couple on the playground with a little boy. As we approached the couple, I remember being hopeful that they spoke English. That's when I heard a sweet southern "hey ya'll" from the woman who would go on to become one of my best friends here.
She immediately took me under her wing (she had already been here 18 months) and showed me how and where to get groceries and introduced me to new friends. Even better yet, she had a son that was a year older than Sal.
Sal and Aiden became buddies, and we spent many of our days hanging out together. She has become a second mama to Sal and he affectionately calls her "Hedder". Most of our good times and memories include Aiden and Hedder.
In just a few days, their family will return to the states....
Goodbye Ratliff family--so happy to have shared the past 18 months with you as our second family. You will be greatly missed.
A walk down memory lane...
Sal and his Hedder watching fireworks for his first birthday.
After a long day of pediatrician visits and lunch in shanghai...