For the past two years Dennis' sister, Bee, has been living here in the Philippines with us, homeschooling our children while we studied Tagalog. She has become a huge part of our lives. We just got back from taking her to the airport for her flight back to Canada. Our house is going to feel awfully empty without Bee and Button is the one who is taking it the hardest.
It is interesting to watch our girls' reactions to her departure. Squeaky confessed, "I'm sad, but I just don't feel like crying! I don't know why, but I don't. I'm sorry!" Winnie has been mourning for about three weeks now and stood numb while her Aunt Bee gave her her last hugs and kisses. Button shed a lot of tears.
After we got back home they all went into Aunt Bee's old room. Winnie hopped up on her bed and crowed, "Look!!! I'm in Aunt Bee's room!!!" with a huge smile on her face. Squeaky opened all her cupboards to make sure she hadn't forgotten anything. Button burst into tears at the sight of the empty room. She immediately noticed that Aunt Bee had left behind a few stickers that were on the bed post. "Mommy," her voice quavered, "this makes me really, really sad. Someone gave those to Aunt Bee and she left them here!"