It was another beautiful day in Chicago. The temperature was in the 70’s; one of those perfect days where when the sun shone bright right above you, it made you want to lean your head back, close your eyes, and soak it all in. The breeze off the lake blew through the high-rises making the leaves rustle back and forth in a kind of welcoming wave. The sky was the most beautiful blue with white cotton balls for clouds. Honestly, I could not have asked for a more perfect day.
Today was also somewhat of a sad day. It was my last farewell to one of my dearest friends of 17 years.
We have been together and seen each other through our best times and our worst times. I have been able to witness quite a few of her life-changing moments including her graduation, her wedding, and the birth of her two beautiful children. We have cried together, laughed together and dreamed together. She is the person who first introduced me to Korean culture and has supported me in my journey to going to teach in Korea. To me, she is not only an amazing friend but also a sister. I love you Sherree. Even though we might not be close in distance, and we may have to do a little addition and subtraction to figure out what time it is in our prospective countries when we call, just know that you and your family will always be in my heart and we are just a facetime call away (thank you Apple for making it easier to communicate across oceans).
Ok, now that I have stopped blubbering, and have managed to clean all of the tears off of my keyboard, let’s change the subject and talk about happy things. I have officially completed the visa process and have my work visa stamp for SK. Thank God!!! The visa process is crazy stressful especially when you are under time constraints. But, it is done and all that is left is to get on the plane and endure the long 14-hour flight, in coach, lugging 4 suitcases and a full to the gills backpack. Woohoo! The countdown is still on at D-4 days.
Another happy note, I got to spend the afternoon with my Uncle. He drove me around the city and took me towards Evanston (north side of Chicago) and we walked around this beautiful park and marina which provided us a beautiful view of the Chicago Skyline. After walking around a bit, enjoying the quietness of the park away from the noise of the city, we sat down and admired the view. We talked about dreams, life, love, relationships, and getting older. We imagined what it was like in other countries such as Singapore and China, or Spain and Ecuador. We talked about the countries we have visited comparing stories about culture and food. It is times like these that I am reminded of how wise he is, just like my mother, his sister. Even though they are different as different can be in temperament and personality, they both carry with them this wisdom of life that I do not often find in many people. They would both say that it is God that gives them that wisdom. I would agree of course, but I also think that it must be some kind of inherent trait that has been passed down. I hope that one day it is something that I will also inherit. I am truly blessed to come from such an amazing family. They have given me so much and have made my life so rich. Dad, I include you in this too. I hope the boys can one day realize and appreciate how beautiful and amazing our family is, how blessed they are to be part of it, and how much of yourselves and your heart you give. Love you guys.
I did not intend for this post to be a letter of farewell, but I guess that is just how it goes. Below, I will leave you with my pictures of the day, and next time I will try not to blubber so much. Hope everyone has a beautiful day, and if you can, send some love to your loved ones and let them know how much you appreciate them.