Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Saying Good Bye

When Emmalee started preschool in Richmond, I never expected her to make such good friends with two little girls in her class. They went to school together for two years, and then Emmalee switched to Chillicothe, while Evan and Mira stayed in Richmond. It was a hard transition, as they played together lots and had so much in common. I felt completely comfortable allowing Emmalee to spend time with the girls, because their parents took her health concerns just as seriously as we do. We tried to continue the friendship over the one hour distance, but then life took a swerve...

Earlier this spring we found out that Evan and Mira's dads (the girls are cousins) were being transferred to Atlanta. Emmalee was heartbroken, as was I. I had gone through the exact same thing at the exact same time in my life. We had the opportunity to celebrate Evan's birthday with her just before she moved, which allowed us some time to visit with Mira as well. It was bittersweet time, as the adults all realized the seriousness of the final moments, but the girls just enjoyed spending time together. Now we tell Emmalee she will have two great pen pals in Georgia, which will also give us a reason to head that way on vacation some day.

The girls just before we left the party (Emmalee, Evan, and Mira)
Life is full of lessons to be learned, especially at Emmalee's age, but few are as difficult as saying good bye to your two "first" best friends...