The number one reason people give for NOT hosting an exchange student? It’s that the “good byes” would be too hard in the end..
..and today I would agree..
..the good-byes when I send home an exchange daughter are hard..
But the alternative would be hard as well..
In order for me to never hurt.. in order for me to never cry.. never hesitate.. or miss someone?
I would have to NEVER grow close to any one .. not a pet.. not a child .. and not an exchange student..
I would have to NOT live..
…and BOY have we lived..
Today my 3rd exchange daughter carried her luggage out of my house and loaded it into her mother’s rental car..
A year’s worth of memories and living were packed into those suitcases.. A year’s worth of holiday gifts and souvenirs… and some chocolate covered pretzels too..
..but what weighs more than those suitcase?
The love that we shared over the last year.. the laughter … the inside jokes.. the memories.. the songs we sang in the car.. the movies we watched.. the hugs.. and the tears we shared..
I can’t say that I would give back that “living”.. just to save a few tears .. (ok.. a LOT of tears)…
I thought about that as I watched the sunrise this morning…
..sometimes we only appreciate how beautiful the day was as we watch the sun set at night.. and sometimes we are sad to see it end..
Then if we watch carefully (and get up early enough).. we can watch the sun RISE on a new day.. a day full of promise and full of new possibilities..
So today as the “sun sets” on the time my exchange daughter stayed in my home.. I am a little sad that it’s over.. and I am spilling more than a few tears remembering how much we have lived this year..
..my cup runneth over tonight..
Tomorrow a new day will dawn. A new chapter with my borrowed daughter.. a new life where we exchange pictures and video calls.. and ridiculous snapchats… where we continue to share in each other’s joys and sorrows.. and plan visits.. and I think that day will be just as beautiful (in its own way)..
So tonight I will enjoy my beautiful sunset.. with a few tears of love..
I loved my “day” with you here Bea.. can’t wait to spend tomorrow with you..