I couldn't quite bring myself to actually say "good-bye", most of the time, when my friends were moving away from Thailand or when it was my turn this summer. Usually, we all tried to smile and said "See you later!" instead, ending things on an optimistic note. Even if I didn't know any other families heading to Vietnam this summer, I certainly have friends who have been reunited with other friends over and over again in their international moves.
I was pleasantly surprised today, as I waited in a line-up at Madeline's new school for our security passes, to recognize a couple of faces that I hadn't seen in two years, since Madeline's first year at her most excellent preschool. It will be nice to start off Madeline's school year tomorrow knowing that there are old friends on the playground.