Monday, November 09, 2009

Saying goodbye to old friends

One of the harder things about living in Pemba is that people come and go frequently. Many come on 2-year NGO contracts or the like, and just as you are getting to know them it's time to move on. So we have got used to casual, short-term friendships, enjoying them while they last but not investing too much emotion. It's easier that way. It's different when old-timers, like our friends Mike and Gal (3rd from L front row and 2nd from R back row) have decided - after 13 years here - that it's time for something new for them and their girls.

I'm very happy for them. They've found a place they love - Temecula, CA - and they're excited and happy about their new start. But it brought a tear to my eye to close the last chapter on our story.

It's a story of friendship

Of new arrivals that grew together and played together

And a bit of a love story too

And so obviously I hope that we'll start another chapter of another story, not just a Pemba story and maybe a different kind of story, but a good story anyway.

Boa viagem, Karivs! Estamos juntos!



At 10:55 am, Blogger Pépé said...

we'll all miss you - hugs in CA
Sean Pepe Samuel e Matias


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