Monday, May 24th, Marie said good-bye to all the siblings. It was bittersweet. They are all so close to each other that it’s hard to say good-bye even when it is a good thing that is going to happen!
Before she left Marie showed Gideon where England was on the world map.
She finished packing last minute items and then put the luggage in the back of the pick-up.
Then the dreaded moment came. She hugged each of the kids: Sara, Abigail, Debra, Laura, Ira, Julie, Gideon, Jason and Henry and said “Toodles!” or “See you later!” but she did not say “Good-bye!”
The kids did really well holding the tears in at least until we left. They said they went into the house and cried some and passed around the tissue. We drove to Tooele to spend the night with Grandma and Grandpa Ventura. On the way it started to rain so we had to stop so Joseph and Marie could put trash bags around the luggage to protect it.
We visited with Grandma and Grandpa for a bit before heading to bed. The next morning Marie was surprisingly calm and didn’t appear nervous at all!
Why Joseph and I didn’t get a picture with Marie I don’t know. We just didn’t even think about it! We took her to the airport and a kind Delta worker who recognized Marie as a missionary helped her get her airline ticket and her bags checked in. We stood around and visited for just a few minutes, gave some hugs, and wiped some tears. Then Marie took a big breath and turned around and walked through security.
Just like that she is gone to England!