Ah well, we have to get used to it. Meeting new friends and then saying goodbye to them all too soon is the way of Air Force life. Molly and Emma have been companions for almost a year. We met her family within the first two weeks of being in Cheyenne, and the rest is history. It has been a sometimes turbulent friendship, with strong personalities conflicting from time to time. But together, they walked along the path of learning to work out problems by talking, or compromise. (And only sometimes physically.) Regardless, Molly misses her "Crazy Emma" very much.
And Abby. Remember the picture of Sophie's first day of school? She was with Abby. A very gentle and soft-spoken (in my presence, anyway) friend. Because Sophie and Abby were not in the same class, they did not see much of each other at school. But regardless of sometimes long gaps in their play time, they have been loyal friends, always picking up where they left off.
And then there's Stephanie, of whom I have no good picture to share. Strong bonds build up between military spouses, especially with kids the same age. Sometimes those bonds stand the tests of time and frequent moves around the world, and we never forget the possibility of being stationed in the same place again in the future. Stephanie and I clocked many hours in deep discussion, and I hope I can speak for both of us when I say, as stay-at-home moms, these hours are crucial for sanity. I will miss our long talks and companionship.