It’s been almost a month now since the good-byes began for us out here in Manitoba. One Saturday in mid June we had a moving party for Luke and his classmates at a friend’s place — graciously offered by his friend’s mom. In fact, the party was her idea in the first place! Likely none of these parties would’ve happened had she not mentioned the idea.
We made the most of the money spent on that room by getting a babysitter and inviting some friends over to the room at the school where we ate (poutine!), played games, and watched Hugo. No pictures. But that was fun too.
On Canada Day, we went to my favourite theatre — Keystone Cinema in Steinbach. Since the kids were going to stay up for the fireworks in Steinbach anyway, we figured we may as well take the kids to the theatre there. Shortly after we moved to Otterburne, I went to Julie and Julia by myself at that theatre. And since then I’ve gone to so many movies with friends at that theatre. Big leather seats for $6 and super cheap, super delicious popcorn. Can’t beat that! We really said good-bye to it that night — it’s being torn down this Monday.
Last night some friends and I went out for Wing Wednesday in St. Pierre. At the end of the night I said good-bye to a friend that I got to know just this last year. She’s a great girl. She’s also good at giving looks that make people cry. So I ended up in tears over the good-bye. I think it just hit me — all of the good-byes that are coming in the next 18 days.
And today was more good-byes — one more visit with two girls that I met through our blogs and who I only met in person after we moved here to Manitoba. I’ve had MANY good times with these girls over the past three years! And thank goodness for the internet, so we can stay connected so easily!
Tomorrow we drop the kids off with my parents for a week so Marc and I can get some serious packing done and hopefully one or two days of relaxing as well. Then the kids will have one more week here to see their friends a few more times before moving day. It hit me today when I realized that, because of holiday schedules, Olivia only gets one more day to play with her best friend.
That kind of thing has the potential to make me very sad because it’s true of all of the people out here — only one or two more visits left. But then I force myself to think of the new people out in Alberta — people I’m getting to know a bit already even from two provinces away. And then I am excited about the new friendships that will form for Marc and I and our kids, and the ones from here that will continue even as we go.