Stephanie and I had our farewell evening together at Maz Mescal, and we had a fine time. The time was made better when the restaurant owner came by at the end of the meal to say the entire meal was on her. And, of course, we had then to regret that we only had one drink each and decided to skip dessert. Just kidding (not really).
Neither Stephanie nor I enjoy protracted goodbyes, and I suggested we say goodbye at the table and then out on the street, we would simply do our normal goodbye. She was all for that. Well, of course, when it was time to actually do that, I got all teary -- you know when if you open your mouth to speak you know you will start crying? That's how I was. So we sat there, not looking at one another for a minute or two for fear both of us would start the waterworks.
I tell myself (and Stephanie) that this is a happy moment -- it's not like she's going to Tibet or prison where I'd never see her again. But change is hard. No one has cut my hair but Stephanie for 25 years (I know, I sound like a pampered princess) so I'll miss that. I know Stephanie is going on to another chapter in her life which will be enjoyable -- a whole house to herself (and her husband) after a lifetime in apartments-- and her own swimming pool too!
We need to summon up all our positive thoughts, helpful angels, etc. for Tuesday, November 29th -- that's the day Stephanie and Danny are flying to Florida -- no problem there -- but they are bringing Macho the cat with them on the airplane. The airline's rule is that the cat and its container can weigh no more than 20 pounds and let's just say Macho came by his name honestly. People (including the vet) have told her that the airline (I'm not going to name them out of paranoia) does not weigh cats, but you never know if you'll come across some eager beaver who is a stickler for the rules. Door to door, the cat will have to be in its carrier for seven and a half hours. Oh my. I told Stephanie tonight that Macho will make it to Florida, one way or another. So let's just hold to the possibility that everything will come off without a hitch.
And here's to Stephanie and her new life in Florida.