Saying Goodbye

You know how sometimes you miss someone so much, you can’t wait for them to arrive? But after seeing them and spending a long vacation together, you are ready for a break from each other?

This was not one of those times.

Mimi and Papa left today, after two weeks of hugs, kisses, and magical moments. We spent all of the last couple days soaking each other up.  Basically since Christmas, all of us were aware, at least on some level, that their visit was ending soon.  We knew their time to depart was coming, and it was not something we were looking forward to.

We left them in Seoul and headed back on a train this afternoon.  When were in a taxi just a few minutes away from home, Gabriel glanced around.

Gabe: Where are Mimi Papa? (Note that they are one entity in his mind.)
Me: (a little choked up) They had to go back to California.
Gabriel: (long pause) Can I see them now?
Me: (a little more choked up) We will FaceTime with them on Sunday, baby.
Gabe: (resigned) Oh. OK.

Mimi and Papa, know that you are loved, and already missed, even though your plane is still over the Pacific.  I am blessed with the best in-laws in the world, and my children are fortunate to have you for grandparents.  You are kind and generous, helpful and gracious, slow to anger and quick to lend a helping hand.  Your visit here is a memory to be treasured, and we look forward to seeing you again this summer. 

There are many photos to be shared and I’ll try to get them together for tomorrow. In the meantime, this is the one that lays heavy on my heart.

Smiling through her tears, with enough bravery for us all.


  1. Goodbyes are the worst… Achey hearts for days…I know the all too familiar feeling. Chin up…

  2. Geeze! You made me cry AND have a contraction!

    So sorry for the difficult goodbye. We can’t wait to see you this summer, too!