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saying goodbye

This week's been a bit hard, saying goodbye to my little neighbour friend, who's going to go live with her mum in Nigeria. She's never lived there before, only visited, so the move's going to be a big one for her. When we said goodbye, I wanted to put one of those tags on her, like Paddington wore, saying 'Please look after this bear'.

I'm glad she's going back to be with her mum, but I'm going to miss her an awful lot. She was one of the main inspirations for the bunnies in Vern and Lettuce, always popping up at our place and getting me to do fun stuff with her.

Her last evening, we spent going a bit crazy with the dress-up box. She loves the fact I have a big case full of costume gear. I'd added a lot of princess-y outer-space stuff this year, which pleased her to no end.

A couple weeks she said to me (as we were making a Roman toga), with a slightly patronising but tolerant tone to her voice, 'Sarah, you DO know you don't do anything the way other people do things, right?'

I'm glad her plane got out before the snow hit, but I'm sorry she missed today's blizzard, she would've loved it. It'll be hot summer in Nigeria. Here's some photos of us playing in the last big snowstorm. I think she's possibly the most fabulous kid I've ever met.


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Dec. 18th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh. I know you'll miss her, but from what I've read over the years the two of you have a bond she will always hold dear. Maybe you can visit her in her new home!
Dec. 18th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
Maybe I can! She knows how to use Facebook and I really do hope we'll be able to stay in touch. She's an amazing little person.
Dec. 18th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
It's always tough to see a friend move away, but I hope you'll get to stay in touch through the magic of the internet ?

I love how patronizing children can get with adults who don't behave The Way Adults Are Expected To. Sometimes I get the impression that kids have much less tolerance for adults' shenanigans than the other way around.

Also who was that roman toga for ? Are you celebrating Saturnalia or Dies Natalis Solis Invicti ?
Dec. 18th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
It was for Roman Day at her school. We made a crown of paper leaves for her as well, she had definite ideas about how she wanted it to look. Yeah, I do hope we'll stay in touch via the Internet.
Dec. 18th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
"You don't do anything the way other people do things" - definitely a compliment!

I like the drawing - going into the unknown.... Hope you manage to keep in touch.
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