Coming and Going
I had a pretty social weekend (for me), one going away party and one welcome home barbecue. It seems that living here you are always going to one event or the other, it's a transient kind of city which makes it difficult to really invest yourself in friendships. The going away party was nice, good to see a lot of old friends together in one place, but I still haven't accepted the reality that I am losing one of my oldest friends here. I think once I do, there will be some tears and sadness, but for right now, I am doing that old childhood thing of hands over ears, eyes closed, screaming "LA LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU LA LA LA" to make it less real.
I'm extremely happy to have my other good friend back from travels abroad and was thrilled to spend the afternoon romping in the pool, chatting and eating. I have my fingers crossed that they are going to be around for a while, but again, with the nature of this city, you just never know. I don't know of many people at all who have said "I am here forever, this is my home". Well, except for me and a couple of others and even I am in doubt sometimes. I don't want to leave (ever), but it's hard to know what situations might arise that would call for me to return to Canada so I guess nothing is forever. There are some friends who travel and when they arrive back in Cancun I warmly say "Welcome HOME". Others I know better and simply say "Welcome back."
I wish I had more "Welcome home" greetings to share.