Sunday, January 31, 2010
Auf Wiedersehen mein schönes Fräulein
Friday June 29th was Nadine's 17th Birthday. I took the afternoon off work, she had as many of her friends in as possible, and we celebrated with a first for her - a Dairy Queen layer cake. It was delicious! (They couldn't do a chameleon so I opted for a lizard; Nadine has owned them as well.)
Then early Saturday morning, we headed to the airport to say goodbye. She's back home now with her happy parents; and I'm sure that all the many chameleons are jumping up and down for joy in their terrariums and that they've changed into their brightest and most festive colors to welcome her back!
It was hard sitting there waiting for her to board. We did our best not to think of how short our time was.*
We remembered all the wonderful times we've had together. And I thought of how much I'd come to love this little German girl. She is very special!*
Another German friend, Sophia, was returning home on the same flight. So between our two families and the extra international students who drove in with me to say goodbye, it was a very tearful time.*
Then 10:30 am came. One more last hug and kiss. I think it was particularly hard for Nadine and Adriana to say goodbye; they'd become like sisters. *
Then one last wave goodbye (See Nadine; no one can see the red eyes and nose from this distance!) -- and she was gone!*
This house was much quieter last night. We shall miss her sooo much! (I'm crying just writing this!)
But we will see each other again! And she'll always have a home here with me!