So today we said our goodbyes to Mom and Dad and Auntie Laura. It was an emotional day for Tonia which is to be expected…For me it was a little easier as I was busy at Camp Cuisine where I get to spend the next four days teaching 27 kids how to prepare and appreciate good food. Rewarding.
We also spent some time with our boys sorting through their room…it was a little hard for them at times as they had to make some hard decisions between things they wanted to bring and the things they could not due to the limited space in our suitcases. We had to explain a few times about the limited space we had, they did great and we are proud of their resiliency.
It is amazing how much stuff we managed to accumulate in the 8 years we’ve been in Barrie. It is quite liberating to let go of so much of it…although hard at times as we tend to get attached to so much of the things around us. Today we let go of our books, the big 55″ television by our cozy fireplace and the dining room table where we came together every night telling our stories of the day. It was the gathering spot for games we played and often had great meals with family and friends. We will miss this space and these things, but all in all it is nice to let go of these objects.
A couple of days ago we accepted a deposit on our sailboat. A bitter sweet day. We made a lot of memories on the boat. It is sad to see it go. “Mast Confusion” will always be a fond memory and will continue to give us many hours of telling stories of adventures on Lake Simcoe. We are happy to know that it will give much joy and weather many storms with its new skippers!
Tomorrow will be more online work for Tonia, camp for me and the boys and of course more sorting and packing.
Then off to Teta’s to see my sister and my niece who are leaving Canada to go to their homes in other corners of the world, Dallas, Texas and Haifa, Israel. It was a treat to get to connect with them and spend a few days with them before we all part ways on our separate planes…..
It is very surreal that in nine days we will be in a new country and starting a new life….OMG!