We met Wendy while we were living in Barbados - back in 1993. She came to work for us as our housekeeper/nanny.
She quickly became a much loved member of our family. The boys loved her and she loved them like they were her own. She was with us when Cameron was born and was his second mother. For me, she was irreplaceable. For 4 1/2 years she gave so much to us.
When it was time for us to return to Canada it was hard to say goodbye and to leave her behind.
Over the last 12 years we've kept in touch, through email, facebook, and telephone.
A few months ago, Wendy called to tell us that she was coming to Canada for a vacation. She was coming up with a friend, but we arranged for her to come spend some time with us. Unfortuantely, we only had her with us for a week and a half - bad timing with John and I leaving in a few days for our trip - but we certainly packed a lot into the time we've spent together.
I picked her up on October 8th (Canadian Thanksgiving) which was perfect because she got to come to our big family dinner and see all my family again. I didn't tell anyone she was coming so it was a big surprise when we walked in. Even though it was a crazy day (with 30 people) I know she enjoyed getting to see everyone again. (she had met many family members when they came to visit us, and other family members when she came back to Canada with us for a summer.)
The two of us spent a day in Niagara Falls, visiting The Falls, going for lunch, and spending time at the bird aviary.
I allowed Cameron to play hookey from school one day and we went into Toronto. We did a lot of the tourist stuff like going up the CN Tower,
and then we went shopping at the Eaton Centre where Spencer joined us after work for dinner.
We did a lot of shopping days and went to the movies.
It was an activity packed week and a half but it was fantastic! It was so good to be able to spend time with her.
Today, she leaves and it was a little sad this morning to see the boys saying goodbye to her when they were leaving. It was quite a bit different from the last time we had to say goodbye to her ... this time the boys are all grown, and this time they had to bend to hug her, instead of the other way around.