We are leaving Boise. We have only lived here for one year (well maybe just over a year by a month or two). But it’s not been long. Not long enough to put in roots, establish patterns, work out kinks. And with COVID stealing the show for half of these twelve-ish months, our memories and experiences have been different from any other year. Like everyone else’s. However. We are saying goodbye to a place that, against many many odds, was happy and magical and very good to us. And in this farewell, I realize how many people we will miss and how many blessings have been dumped on my children, my family. And I am so grateful, so humbled, so incredibly touched by our friends who have “changed us for good.”
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend…
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good.
Ellie was fortunate enough to be cast in Boise Little Theatre‘s musical production of Annie in the fall of 2019. The world this one production opened up for us was staggering. Natashia. Cheryl. Christine. Jillian. Chelsea. JeNeale. Courtney. So many of you made a. real. difference., had a life long affect on Ellie – and all for good. Tommy had his first crush (one I’ll never forget :)), and we loved you all – your creativity, your humor and your infectious lease on life. You became my friends, too, and I remain amazed that such generous, talented and wonderful people would be so welcoming and unabashed in their affections and attentions. Thank you.
Our school community made us laugh, love and believe in little miracles. Chuck. Kaitlyn. Janelle. Bailey. Rebecca. Bethany. Trina. Andrea. Jessica. Nicole. Kate. Aimee. You loved my children, you embraced my family, you made us feel we had known you forever. And this was an enormous relief and blessing for me! Ellie, Tommy and Liv had been at the same school for all their years until August 2019. I was profoundly nervous and anxious about them adjusting to a new system, new hallways, new faces only weeks after arriving in Idaho. But had I known you existed, I would have rejoiced in our luck! I was humbled and so moved by your happiness, your dedication and your friendly spirits, often I would return home in tears. Thank you LORD for these people who have made us feel like we belong!
Kristy. Megan. Carolyn. Amy. Sonia. Calley. Brittany. Stefanie. Kimberly. Joel. Laura and Brandon. McKenna. John. Renee. Jen. Mr. Don. My friends from life, from just living and being here. From the grocery store, church, neighborhood, playground, Freak Alley, kids’ friends’ parents, downtown and all the places in between: thank you. Thank you for being angels sent from heaven to love us, to see us, to care for us. You will forever be a magical part of my life, and I am grateful to you. Thinking of you makes me smile, makes me cry. How lucky we are to have known and loved you!
I thank God for you, and I thank Him for our time in Idaho. Please be assured and rest in the peace that you – all of you – are amazing humans who made our lives, my life, brighter, happier and better.
And to quote my all time favorite movie ever:
There’s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall
And the bells in the steeple too
And up in the nursery an absurd little bird
Is popping out to say “cuckoo”
Regretfully they tell us
But firmly they compel us
To say goodbye
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight. . .
The sun has gone to bed and so must I
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye