After a very long day and into the evening packing boxes and bins and furniture and clothing and everything else we could stuff into that 6×12 foor trailer, ( with massive amounts of assistance from Katia and Ricky) we just had time to shower before meeting Kyle and Megan for dinner at Uncle Julio’s in Reston. I am going to miss Uncle Julio’s carne asada, too! Muey bien. Special thanks to Megan and Kyle who patiently awaited our very late arrival I so enjoy spending time with them. We were joined by the Ashburn Gardners of 4. It was a wonderful evening of laughing and talking and sharing Perfect way to help me forget the exhaustion of the day. Did I mention even Mateo and Marluce helped? They earned a hefty $20 to buy books they wanted.
I had a teary 7 year old clinging to me most of Saturday evening (they spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s) and all day and night Sunday. Mateo would be fine for awhile and then his gorgeous eyes would get watery and tears would come down his face. He tried to not let me see the tears and would bury his face into my shirt or my neck. Broke my heart. At one point, Katia asked him if he thought it would be fair that I spend time with Max now for awhile. He tearfully shook his head “no”. He is a 2nd grader, but still Grandma’s little boy. Marluce is not quite as sentimental. She gave me lots of hugs and kisses, but that is the norm for her. When she asked how long we would be gone and I said probably at least 3 years, she replied “oh. that’s just terrible!”and happily went off to boss her grandpa around. Hugs and kisses after the dinner and we were on our way back to the apartment to touch up the cleaning (Katia had already vacuumed and touched up the paint in all of the rooms) and then on the road to Winchester, Virginia to kick start the long trip. With the U-Haul behind and the Santa Fe packed up like the Beverly Hillbillies, we arrived at our hotel at 3 am and brushed our teeth and collapsed into bed. Next stop – Salem, Virginia, just outside of Roanoke.