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Monday, November 24, 2008

My Friend Just Bought Rice Bowls With Yen

Last week I had to say goodbye to a dear friend. Her Marine husband took the family to Japan for three years.

Japan!

No more popping over to each other's houses to talk about our days. No more sharing baked goods so I don't over indulge. No more watching our kids grow up day by day.

Thank goodness she has a blog and I'll be able to read about her adventures on a regular basis. She just wrote her first post from Japan, and I can't wait to hear more!



The brainwashing of Gilberto has already begun. I figure if I start talking about how awesome Japan is, then maybe, just maybe, he'll agree to forgo one of our Brasil trips and go to Japan instead.

30 comments:

  1. Thanks for your kind words.. yes, I am so happy to be able to see my sister and hug her and those babies!
    We really missed them!!

    I know what you are going thru missing your friend ~ for sure!

    I know!!! Isn't that TV just the greatest!! It is at least something. If we can't be there once they get off the plane at least we can see them!
    Ya know what she did????

    We were all waiting at the escalater, (don't ask me why..lol) But she came up behind us!!
    Of course my brilliant sister would take the elevator!!
    Gah!!! How old school are we?? lol

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  2. It's so hard to say good bye to close friends!! I miss my Utah friends SO much! And the ones in VA! And most of all the one in PR! haha! Im hoping one day to have friends to miss in SC!

    I am glad you are able to keep in contact though! And who knos you may very well find yourself in Japan one day!

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  3. Random: We're going to Japan for Christmas this year.

    The saying goodbye to friends is the worst part of being an expat. :( But as you said, there's always the chance you'll get to move and be closer to them once again. :) And in the mean time there's email, and skype, and blogs. :)

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  4. You should go to Morocco instead. It's a lot closer. At least, time zone wise it's a lot closer.

    Of course you have skype, right?

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  5. i hear traveling to japan is totally the thing to do :)

    just keep humming the brownie song...make new friends, but keep the old..

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  6. Good friends are the best aren't they?
    And especially the ones who let you overindulge!
    Fingers crossed that a trip to Japan is in your near future!

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  7. Awww... And there BETTER be some adventures. LOL

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  8. My brother has been stationed at Kadena (the AF base on Okinawa) for the last three years. He just extended because he loves it so much. I say.... GO GO GO. From what I've heard, and seen from pictures, it's a little bit of Heaven.

    I must say also, I know how hard it is to be separated from a great friend. It sucks. Thankfully, true blue friendships, like the one you have with your friend, don't notice distance. :)

    -Andrea

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  9. Oh, if I could just tag along...and go EAT. I swear that's all I want to do on vacation any more. Sad!

    If you'd like to see what it looks like where she is, go find "Whisper of the Heart" - it's a Japanese cartoon movie, and every time I watch it, I miss Hong Kong. I've heard it's VERY representative of a common middle-class neighborhood in Japan.

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  10. think the brainwashing will really work?
    talk about the food, that's what does it in my house;)

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  11. Ahh.. I visited her blog and trying to get more information about military life... Lately i've been trying to get informed about all this moving that military people has to do and how this will affect me if i marry Kyle and he is still in the military. And to be honesty, i'm not sure if i like what i see!

    in the blog "married to the military" i found a post today talking about managing career, kids and the marriage, and almost all of them say it's impossible to be married to a military man, have kids and have a real career.

    I'm sorry about you "loosing" your friend, I hope you find someone to fulfill her place!

    hugs!

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  12. It really does stink having to say goodbye to your closest friends, but today, everything and everyone is so accessible.

    I hope that you still feel like she's in walking distance, in sharing distance and not too far - ever.

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  13. The brainwashing totally works, you just have to be persistent.

    Can't wait to hear about your trip to Japan! ;)

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  14. Brasil trips? I must poke around your site and see if there's pics! I'm so excited!

    Japan? Good luck to her and her family, I'd be afraid of earthquakes.

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  15. brasil and japan both sound awesome, but i don't know if i could do it!! more power to you laural!!

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  16. It's always hard when a good friend moves far away. God Bless Blogging to keep in touch:-)

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  17. Japan...YIKES. I do so admire military wives...I don't think I would have had the constitution for it.

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  18. Laural, when are you planning your next trip to Brazil?
    I will be going down with Bryan probably in July or August to visit my family (he hasn't met my dad yet), haha.

    It would be nice to run into you in Santos!!!

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  19. Hey girl...I put the dancing video on my blog today and linked to you.

    Kimba

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  20. It is so crappy when good friends leave esp. so far away---just tell your husband what awesome people they are there and how cool it is and oh I 'accidently' got our plane tickets for Japan instead of Brazil ;)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  21. It is always sad to lose a friend to a move. But it is grea that you will be able to see her "life" through her blog!

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  22. I think the blogosphere has seriously made military life a bit easier--it's not quite so difficult anymore to keep in touch. So sorry your friend has moved... I know that icky feeling well. :(

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  23. 3 years huh?? Wow. And yes, thankfully you can keep up with them on the blog. :)

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  24. oops, meant to add, Hope you and the family have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

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  25. Isn't it fun to at least have the internet to keep in touch. I remember when we had to write letters...ugh. :) found you through Kimba.

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  26. It's hard saying goodbye to an old friend. But before you know it, 3 years will have come and gone. Good luck with the separation...but Cyberspace will make communicating a whole lot easier, won't it>

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  27. I left you an award on my blog, go visit. :)

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  28. It is really hard to say goodbye to dear friends, especially moving that far away.
    Maybe one day you will be able to go visit her. And hey, it's only 3 years and then maybe she will be back. :)

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  29. japan is SO on my list of places to go! how awesome to have someone there you know, i would be all over that

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