it’s been about 10 days since my american friend maria and her cute little girl catherine moved back to the states~~~for good. it’s not my place to summerize her expat experience, that is her story. i can only say that i will miss meeting her in town, holeing up in whatever corner we could find to prop each other up, to reassure each other that it wasn’t us…it was them…. to compare notes, to speak our own language, to share our trivia and nuances.
i know that i was able to help her out when cate was young but what she may not realize is that i needed to be helpful, i needed to have a purpose in my life. i was soooo close to giving up, so beaten down by my immigration status.
seeing cate in the last few months has been such a joy!! what a transformation!! from a tiny little girl with a cleft and feeding problems to an active, bright, cheeky toddler pointing at me, saying tracy!
there are people who come into our lives at just the right time…and i think maria would agree that is how it is for us~~
i have never been to the southwest of the US…now i have a friend in arizona…a really good friend!!!