Monday, November 3, 2008

Ciao America-Ciao Italy


Four years ago today my family all put on a brave face as we took Cyndi and her cats to Chicago International Airport where she would soon leave her country and start a new life in Italy.


This was one of the most hardest moments of my life as I watched her walk down the concourse to board her plane. She was moving so far away and how much I would miss her and all of the moments that we could no longer share by only having a two and a half hour car drive. No longer would we have the surprise visits, meeting at favorite restaurants, pizza night, going to the dollar movies all day long, in other words just spending the time together. My best girlfriend was moving so far away . . .


. . . but as I watched her leave us I knew in my heart that she was making the best decision of her life. When she doubted this move I was the one encouraging her to follow her heart and go where it took her . . .


. . . she was heading to a new country to start a new life with a wonderful man that stole her heart. Danilo is one in a million and was in love with our daughter and she in love with him, this move was right . . .


2007
. . . as our children married our family grew, we now have four children and one beautiful grand daughter, Scott and Emily's child. The miles may be between our houses but that does not interfere with our hearts. The love for our family grows stronger with each passing day . . .


Together in Florence, Italy 2008
. . . we cannot have the surprise visits with each other because of the large pond of water between us but planned visits have been a twice a year event . . .


Outside the Coliseum in Rome.
. . . trips between the USA and Italy are not as frequent as we all would like but we jam a lot of catching up on things when we all get together . . .


. . . celebrating my birthday in Venice, one of my favorite places to be . . .


. . . the piazza in Milan before heading out to view The Last Supper . . .


. . . smiles of victory having climbed the stairs to the top of the duo mo in Florence, I chose to shop in the markets that morning . . .


. . . of course, many fine places for great food and the finest wines. Even though we are here and you are there we toast you to many more years of happiness and more fun visits. Happy move across the big pond! We are already looking forward to the next scheduled visit. See you soon!!

5 comments:

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, what a happy-sad story. Happiness for Cyndi and your growing family and sadness for being separated by the miles.

Cynthia Rae said...
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Cynthia Rae said...

ps. I like the look of your blog.

Pss. See you soon (fingers crossed)!

Cynthia Rae said...

Thanks for the nice post. It was hard to leave, but I knew I had to do it. Four years on and the magic is still alive; I can't imagine being anywhere else.

Someone once said to me that living here wouldn't be as great as being here as a tourist. That daily life would take its toll and the magic would disapear. I am happy to say that I still pinch myself because I can't believe that I live here.
Love,
Me

Deb R said...

Hi Mom Abbott! Cyndi is so lucky to have such wonderful family and loveable husband! We miss her too!