Migration patterns
Sunday June 14th 2009, 7:41 pm
Filed under: Friends,Life

Kyle (here and here, I love his story of what he did) and his young family are moving away, and it’s hard to see them go. I gave them my cousin Grant’s name, someone they’ll likely meet at church, to help them feel at home right away in a strange city by being able to make connections right off.

Meantime, today, other old friends who’d moved away four years ago were back again and told us they were now in the area for good: they are a couple who had gone through much to adopt two children internationally while they were here before, with everybody here cheering them on, doing fundraisers to help with the expenses, sharing worries over the medical issues of one of the little ones… Their new children became ours, too.

The younger one, having not seen me since he was a small toddler, took one look at me this morning and threw his arms around me.  I tell you. I could get used to being needed like that.

They just missed the Bay Area too much to stay away.

If only all good friends who fly away could share that migratory pattern and return. (Yes, yes, Karen, I know, you’re still waiting for me to move home to Maryland.  But I do come back to visit!)

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Alison, you are tugging at my heartstrings! What heartwarming stories! I went back and read your November stories about Kyle, and that really got to me. But then the returnees. One never knows.

And I’m supposed to have something funny to follow that? Well …

The following statements about the bible were written by children. They have not been retouched or corrected (i.e., incorrect spelling has been left in).

~ The seventh commandment is thou shalt not admit adultery.

~ Moses died before he ever got to America. Then Joshua led the hebrews in the battle of Geritol.

~ The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.

~ David was a hebrew king skilled at playing the liar.

He fought with the Finklesteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.

~ Solomon, one of David’s sons, had 300 wives. It must have been nag, nag, nag all day long.

~ When Mary heard that she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.

~ When the three wise guys from the east side arrived, they found Jesus in the manager.

(I have one more set of these).

Comment by Don Meyer 06.14.09 @ 8:01 pm

I’m glad a charming young one delivered a hug to you. Consider it from me, too.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 06.14.09 @ 8:30 pm

So no matter how much we migrate, we stay the same.

Comment by Henya 06.14.09 @ 10:32 pm

Bet you’ll get more hugs one day when your small friends get to taste that Backyard Cake!

Comment by LynnM 06.15.09 @ 12:13 am

Good wishes for lots of new friends to Kyle and family at the new location. 🙂

And old friends return..life is good. 🙂

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 06.15.09 @ 4:25 am

Great story from Kyle. . .great love for his mom shared with the world of Alison – tell him I said thanks!

And the hugs. . .well, secretly I think that’s why E adn I work in the church nursery every week. Those kids really get to know us. . .they see us in the parking lot, sometimes a couple years after they are OUT of the nursery. . .and they just hug us with unbridles affection. It does a body good, and it’s better than milk. . .I am lactose intolerant! 😉

Comment by Pam 06.15.09 @ 4:29 am

Another hug for you coming up: Sam is back with a brand new degree. You would have loved hearing his speech. I am so proud of him.

Comment by Gigi 06.15.09 @ 8:24 am

Oh, we’d love to move back, wanted or not. 🙂 If just the houses were cheaper, our families closer… That song “I left my heart in San Francisco” (or Palo Alto, really) got a new meaning for our family after having spent our first year as newlyweds in the area.

Comment by Monica 06.15.09 @ 3:02 pm

How sweet! There’s nothing like having a little one wrap around you when you’re rather sure there’s no way they could possibly remember you…

Comment by Channon 06.15.09 @ 6:51 pm

I know, you’re still waiting for me to move home to Maryland.
Darn right! I’m glad you visit, but..geez, when ya comin’ home, huh? (I know, I know, California’s home to you now. *sigh*) Stay near Stanford, OK? I like you here so you *can* visit!

Comment by Karen 06.16.09 @ 5:51 pm

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