Starting in second grade, Angeli and I had "play dates" almost every weekend. She even had her first sleepover at my house! We went on bike rides, fed carrots to the horses at the nearby stables, and made brownies out of a box. We then graduated to making cookies from scratch (although the cookies hardly made it past the dough phase before we ate it all). Soon we were driving places, meeting up for coffee, and laughing ourselves silly at episode after episode of Will and Grace.
So before she left for college, I packed her a little care package. A collage frame with the four photos above. Our favorite cookie recipe. A Will and Grace DVD. Nutella. A box of Red Rose tea. A box of brownie mix. A planner, amply marked with weekly "call Kaytee!" instructions.
As the title hints, things are feeling somewhat bittersweet: the bitter part being my friends already leaving and the sweet part being me off to college and meeting new people in a little less than a month.
This quote makes me feel better: "Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends." - Richard Bach