This is the start of the future. But I shall always look back on the past fondly. We've had a lot of good times.
Reminding the kids was weird tonight. Anticlimactic. Both Tiger and Ashley remembered our talk two weeks ago and didn't really wish to hear much more than "It's happening soon." So we let it go at that and focused on playing games, eating pizza, and taking Tiger out for a great walk at night.
On the way back, Josie looked at the moon and said, "I once made up this story about the moon, where it's basically a duplicate of earth, only we haven't discovered that yet, and on that other earth, everyone has a duplicate."
Being the geek that I am, I replied, "That's also the plot of an issue of the Fantastic Four, where there's a duplicate earth rotating in the same orbit as ours, only it's on the other end of the orbit, and blocked by the sun. And on that Earth, there are duplicates of us, too, only they're evil." Or something like that. It's been a few years.
Tomorrow's all set. Michael, Tommy, Buns and Tom, Pauline, Josie, and David will be on hand to help. It should really be more than enough. I want Pauline to go bed shopping with me afterward.
I will not go into memories here, although there have been so many. Laughs, fights, discussions, tears...we have been good companions to each other for years, and we shall remain good company to each other. We shall endure, with dignity, and continue forward, with our heads up. We have nothing to be ashamed of. We had a proud past, and we will do what so few are able to do in this society--continue this friendship, this love, without blame, without anger, with love and affection and with our kids and our heads intact. We shall celebrate and honor our past together even as we move forward into a new chapter in our lives.
(On an unrelated note, one of the couples we sent our goodbye note to just wrote to us indicating that they're getting a divorce. Must be the season, I suppose. I'm surprised, quite frankly. They're good people, too.)