End of an era

We managed to cram 28 people in to our living room...

This past Friday we hosted a going-away party for our friends Matthew and Ashli. In a spirit of authenticity, the Scottish weather decided to give us a constant drizzle throughout the day and so we had to move everything indoors at the last minute. Thankfully, we have gracious friends and everyone made it work – sitting in a crammed circle around our living room, volunteering to sit on any available surface, be it the floor or a table.

 As our time here draws to an end, more and more people are leaving and it is quite bittersweet. While it’s a time to celebrate people moving on to new homes and exciting opportunities, it’s also a time to reflect on the past four years. Gatherings like this recognize relationships forged during a pivotal point in life. Most people at the party are expats and we all got to know one another while navigating the twists and turns of living overseas. These relationships are unique. We’ve stepped in to each others lives when families were far away and nothing was familiar. We’ve talked about the things we miss from home – even importing things like Kraft Mac and Cheese, Spike, or chocolate chips as gifts. We’ve explored new neighborhoods, helped one another move, celebrated milestones both personal and academic, traded tips and pointers. We’ve also talked about the meaning of “home” and how that has changed for each of us.

It was good to look around the room and see faces I would have never known if Scotty and I hadn’t decided to take the plunge and do the crazy thing. We traded the known and safe for the unknown and our lives have been enriched beyond anything I could have imagined. It’s been tough, wonderful, exciting, mind-expanding, and eye-opening. After the party, Scotty and I were cleaning up and talking about how this evening sort of marked the end of an era. Matthew and Ashli were the first people we met and hung out with when we arrived in Scotland and we’ve experienced a lot together. New College and Edinburgh will not be the same when these two leave. But we’re excited for them and know that this coming year will be a great one!

About Rebecca

Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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5 Responses to End of an era

  1. audrey says:

    Looks like a FUN indoors party. I enjoyed what you had to say about your friends and longing for “things” together. How cool that you could look around the room at all NEW friends over the past four years. Great shot of you four!

  2. Cindy says:

    What a wonderful “flat of friends!”

  3. Bethy Manor says:

    I think “bittersweet” best describes the parting of new friends made over the past four years. No doubt they will all be friends for life having experienced so much of living in Edinburgh together. But life goes on and there are new mountains to climb and conquer. Best wishes to everyone!

  4. Katie says:

    It’s so sad, I cannot believe they’re gone. We truly miss the things you described…”the unknown”, “unique” relationships, etc. It’s an amazing, life changing time that nothing compares to.

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