We love our international life. The people we meet, the places we go, the different cultures and experiences we are exposed to, the opportunities we have… all are FANTASTIC.
But we say good-bye a lot. We are part of a very transient group. Some people come and only stay a little while before heading back to their home countries, others move on to new places. Whatever the scenario, making new friends and saying good-bye is something we do a lot.
This week the Hossacks are saying see you later (definitely not good-bye) to one of our favorite people in the whole wide world.
Her name is Kathy Nutting and she has been more than a friend, she has been part of our family for eight years. She is moving back to one of her homes, Hong Kong, to be the deputy principal at The Canadian International School there.
Kath is kind, generous, wise, honest, encouraging, funny, enthusiastic, supportive, goofy, and one thousand other good and amazing things.
I feel so blessed that she has been part of mine and Scott’s lives for eight years, but more than that, I am so happy that she has been in Blake’s life. Although I do not think of her as a mother figure in my life, she is very much like a grandmother to my sweet boy and his life is richer for it. Kathy and her husband Lawrence are the kind of people you want your kid to be surrounded by.
We love you, Kathy!!!!
This is what I wrote to her on American Thanksgiving after she announced her departure: I am so thankful for you – my colleague, my secret keeper, my boy’s best cheerleader, my confidant, my inspiration, my mentor, and most importantly my dear, dear, lifelong friend. I love you from the tips of my toes to end of my nose and a thousand miles further.