Today was the first of many goodbyes.
When we were sent out here two years ago, we were sent with my husband's best friend and his wife. Both guys were in university together and part of a scholarship program that involved a contract of employment anywhere in Canada upon graduation. They were fortunate and got sent to the same small city and the same small store to work.
In that time, we all became parents of boys. Our weekend visits went from relaxing dinners, games and movies to bibs and diapers; we enjoyed everything about it.
Although neither of us really liked living here, having each other made a world of difference on our outlook. Now the contracts are up and we are all headed back to our respective origins. They leave tomorrow, we leave next week.
Today was the first of many goodbyes to friends that placed fond memories in my heart in a place I otherwise would have loathed.