This goodbye has been especially difficult on our oldest. He's been crying about it for a week now.
We've talked about how it's good to cry, to feel the pain, but also to celebrate the times that we've had with them. A couple of weeks ago we had a Despidida (going away party) at our house for them. It was such a fun day, but hard too. Last night we drove the 45 minutes down the mountain to see them for the last time here in Costa Rica. These things are important. They give us time to say goodbye, to remember, to celebrate and to grieve.
And I pray that my boys will not become hardened with all of these goodbyes. I want them to stay soft, to embrace people, not hold them at a distance because they are afraid they will leave.
How about you? How do you help your kids through all of the goodbyes this life brings us?