Saturday, November 3, 2007

Ciao Cyndi

Three years ago today my family's hearts were heavy with sadness as Cyndi was moving to Italy. Starting a new chapter in her life she was moving to be with the man who stole her heart. Danilo was the man she fell in love with and wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. He is a wonderful person, everything a mother and father could hope for their daughter, with many of the good qualities I see in her father. He is a good person, caring, loving, gentle, kind, and loves our daughter as much as she loves him. It is only right that the two live happily ever after. Our minds knew all of this but our hearts were still heavy knowing that she would be so far away from us.

Putting on a brave face we all headed to Chicago International Airport as the day for her to leave finally came. Everything she was taking with her now included three large bags of luggage, two cats in their carriers, a carry on, and one large purse. After checking in her luggage we had time to wait until the flight would be boarding and everyone was trying to put on a brave face, her father, mother, brother, and sister-in-law, which was not easy to do.

This picture was taken by Cyndi just before she left. When she was going to take the picture she noticed that we were all smiling then reminded us that she was moving to Italy and wondered if we shouldn't look sad, so we gave her our sad look.

One of the hardest things I have ever had to do was watch as our baby walked alone down the corridor of the airport terminal. Knowing that she would be moving so far away broke my heart but at the same time time I was happy for her as she had found the happiness she so deserves. All you have to do to see how happy she is to have found Danilo is mention his name and watch the wonderful smile on her face appear and her eyes light up, she just glows. It has been three years since that hard trip to the airport and their love has grown with each passing day. A new journey in her life started when she walked through the doors at the airport in Italy and saw her future husband waiting for her.

And they live happily everafter in beautiful Italy.


Cynthia Rae said...

Ah what a sad day. The hardest thing I have ever done. I never wanted to live this far from you guys. I never wanted to make you so sad. But I can not imagine being anywhere else with anyone else.

I still can't believe that I found Danilo, some 5,000 miles away. There are days when I wonder if it has all been a dream. If so, please don't pinch me! I don't want to wake up.

Thank you both so much for your love and support. I couldn't have done it without those things.

Love and miss you,

amerimom said...

How could we not support whatever decision you might make? We are so lucky to have such wonderful children and in-laws. Our kids are happy which is important for a parent to know.
Love you much.
Mom & Dad

Deb Rountree said...

Indeed they make a great couple. I look forward to seeing them again next summer!

amerimom said...

Deb-You said that right, they are a good couple. They were made for each other. Cyndi's world has opened up to many new things for, including meeting wonderful people she wouldn't have met had she not found Dan and moved to Italy. I would like to meet you sometime, it could be a possibliley.