Yesterday I enjoyed goodbye drinks with my first and best friend since I moved to live in the States five years ago.
Wendy and I met when we were both in the Introduction to Patchwork by Machine class at The City Quilter in Manhattan. I was a new arrival to the States and Wendy had been here a couple of years, originating from Australia. We immediately became the best of friends and our families have been through many ups and downs together over the five years: green card applications; new jobs; house sales; apartment moves; puppy dog arrivals; big birthdays; health issues; Hurricane Irene; Superstorm Sandy; an earthquake; Flicky's graduation and leaving for college; loss of three parents; Wendy and Kim's wedding; and the birth of my grandson. During this time Stateside, we have become family to each other.
Next week Wendy and Kim are moving back to Australia and I will miss them very much. Simon, Flicky and I wish only wonderful things for their new future in their old homeland.
As a goodbye present, it felt very fitting to gift them one of my quilts - I knew just which one too - my Could You Live Here? Quilt.
I guess for them the answer is finally "no".
More quilt pics and details are here in my previous post from 2014 but today I added this label and passed it over to Wendy.
I want to take the opportunity to share a few photo memories of some of the times we've spent together to create an online history for the quilt that's greater than the label itself.
Getting up close with Columbus - Columbus Circle, October 2012
Checking the time for Santa - Dino & Harry's, Hoboken, Christmas Eve 2012
Flicky's graduation - The Met, NYC, May 2013
Witnessing Kim and Wendy's wedding - New York City Hall, July 2013
my 50th birthday - The Plaza, Manhattan, October 2013
As you know Simon and I travel a lot for his work and we already know that we'll be at a conference in Sydney, Australia in November 2017 so we'll be extending our stay and travelling up the Gold Coast to catch up with our Aussie 'family' then.
I can't begin to tell you how I'm counting the days already only 503 to go!!! :D
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