This week we experienced the other side of expat friendships… The leaving.
The expat community is a constant ebb and flow of people. Most contracts are for 1-2 years resulting in the change of people dynamic. After being here for 6 months, we experienced firsthand the ebb of a departing family.
A family that have been here for 2 years, but we only met them in December, when they moved into our residence. They had already packed up their home and shipped their belongings out to Australia, so it was always going to be short term yet despite that we have got to know them well. My girls have loved having the boys to play with and the 5 children have had a ball.
AJ is a stunning person- generous, kind hearted and straight talking. We’ve had many a deep chat in the evenings while our hubbys have been at work and the children asleep. AJ has shown me new parts of Tokyo, taken me shopping at much cheaper supermarkets than our local and all of this while she is trying to finalise a house purchase (with running water, gas and electricity by the time they arrive in Oz), car purchase, house sale and organise a child’s birthday party.
Nothing was too much bother and I never felt like she was too busy.
AJ has been a wonderous example of what a friendship is despite only having known her for such a short time.
Sayanora AJ- thanks for your great friendship. I will miss you, but I know that I will see you on Facebook and Skype and I look forward to exploring Oz, SA and the UK with you and your lovely family.