I wish I could make the claim that I was calm and composed the last weekend, but as these photos hint at, those last 48 hours alternated between laughing and sobbing. I don't know if it was a good or a bad thing that my last 3 weeks were wonderful; if it left me with amazing memories of love and gratitude or made it more painful to say farewell!
|Group beauty effort|
Saturday, the last full day and night, involved spending the day with Sis Ghana and the entire Matolengwe family as we prepared Zintle for her Grade 7 farewell formal. All hands on deck to get her ready before the brand new white BMW rolled up to take her to the event and dazzle everyone there.
|Zintle - the final product|
|Gogo, Sis P, and Sis Ghana|
Sunday was the inevitable trip to the airport where it became a matter of counting last minutes in East London versus weeks, days, hours. By the time everyone arrived, I was cutting it very close to getting on the plane but it wouldn't have been complete without a family photoshoot! I also wish I could make the claim that I am an attractive and gentle crier but my face, already completely swollen from the morning, had barely returned to its normal size and colour before these photos and goodbyes only triggered more serious waterworks and face swelling and knowing and sympathetic looks from airport staff and fellow passengers!
With the 12 person airport farewell from those I love most in the country, I hopped between pure excitement of being back in Canada to realising that the walk through the security gates to the boarding gates would be a final closing of this chapter.
|My airport entourage - makes you feel pretty special and loved!|