For me, I was leaving friends to be re-united with family so one-out-of-two is not so bad.
What a bonus it is then, when one of my dearest friends decide to make the journey and come to visit my island home - and even better when they come for a wedding! It's been a wonderful 14 days, and in that short time, my friend and I had slipped into a routine of post-children's-bedtime-evening-chats.
Today they should be safely returned home, to temps some 20 degrees cooler than they have left here. Those days seem to pass extraordinarily quickly but we managed to make some new memories.
Old friends + new location + happy occasion = very special memories.
This particular friend and I have begun a ritual of sorts - that of taking a photo of the boys and I in "the special chair" from the time the eldest was a baby. On this visit, the boys and I had our photo taken on the beach under the palm trees and we joked that in years to come perhaps we will recreate the "St Lucian palm tree picture" as we do the "York chair picture" - here's hoping for very many chairs and palms trees .....