Our adventures, tutoring, and movie nights with the kiddos have come to an end. After a couple of years here in North Carolina, my nephews and niece have returned to Texas. It was tough to say goodbye. They arrived quite traumatized, but were nurtured by a most precious couple who sacrificed greatly in restoring these dear ones. It was a joint effort to socialize them, to love them through their sometimes unlovable moments. That is when we all most need to be loved, right? When we are at our most unlovable?
We had many many delightful movie nights, digital events where they played hard and mostly cooperatively.
There were some days that I failed miserably, when my patience evaporated, but overall, we learned and loved together.
Speaking of learning (so get ready for the teacher in me), there was absolutely no learning curve for this Action Movie FX app (below). Created by Bad Robot Interactive, it features every kind of Star Wars menace (and more) that you can imagine. Fortunately, this is not our car! Once I contained them inside, they became quite adept at blowing up every person and every piece of furniture as well.
Our goodbyes today at the airport were difficult. Plus I thought I might get stopped by security with that guitar case, which seemed like a perfect cover for an automatic weapon. Yes, I’ve seen too many movies.
As the departure time neared, Christopher hid his tearful face while Isaac gave me hugs every few minutes. We waved faithfully every time they looked back at us on the other side of the security check. Christopher yelled a reminder that I will tutor him via Google Hangouts. Or else.
One consolation for us all is that they will spend summers here in NC. I imagine my patience will be tested again, but I smile at the thought of greeting them next June. I love you, dearest kiddos.