A former high school classmate and cherished old friend when reconnecting with Roger through Facebook quoted the old saying: "When God closes a door, he opens a window." The years have seen a number of life changes for us that make that adage ring true. After being blessed with good fortune, a wonderful son and great experiences, we decided to look out that window and prepare for more of what this wonderful life has to offer. We hope through our blog to share our journey from this point forward with family, with friends and with many others. Hopefully we'll make some new friends along the way. We hope you find our tales of some interest, even amusement and perhaps an inspiration for you to treat each and every day as an opportunity and an adventure to share with those who are an important part of your life.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Great Good Byes!

A lot of friends are wishing us well as we prepare to head off for our exploratory trip to Ecuador.   One of the nicest farewells came from some former associates of Suzanne at her previous place of employment. 

Former work associates wish Suzanne farewell at a luncheon at Kincaid's in downtown Phoenix

Suzanne had originally worked with these folks when we first relocated to Arizona because of a job transfer for Roger back in 1999.  She took a different position after being laid off in an economic cutback in the middle of last summer.  So some of these folks had been co-workers for a decade or so.  When we announced her last day at her current employer and the fact we had finally decided to go ahead with our retirement plans and explorations, a former associate, Susan Folz called to have her attend a farewell luncheon of former co-workers.

Susan Folz, luncheon organizer
and Chris Grant were former teammates
with Suzanne at The Arizona Republic
Despite the short notice, there were a dozen of her former teammates in attendance.  What a delightful surprise!  It was very enjoyable and gratifying to share the time and receive the well wishes of these associates, some of whom Suzanne hadn’t seen for months.

Leaving good friends is always somewhat tinged with nostalgia and a small sense of loss.  However, it becomes much easier when you depart with their congratulations and good wishes.  It helps to know that we have many friends who understand our sense of excitement, joy and expectation as we continue our adventure:

Juntos en el camino de la vida!

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