It's always weird to celebrate a very American holiday overseas. Memorial Day is one of those. I had the day off to take care of some last minute things. So, I shopped for some earrings I wanted to buy before I left, then had a relaxing lunch with friends, then a final parent-teacher conference, then end-of-day beers with friends, more errands, then dinner with the girls. We were supposed to do some family photos, too, but the photographer canceled. We're go to try to do them tomorrow. I'm crossing my fingers that it all works out, because I'd really like to take those memories with us.
It was a bit bittersweet...my last free day here. The girls were in school. I'm working the rest of the week, and then we fly out next weekend. I'm ready to go and sad to leave.
I had a final meeting with Miss M's teacher so that I could talk with her about what we need to work on over the summer. She basically said routines, habits, and the auditory part of reading/writing. Miss M is apparently too much of a social butterfly, talking in class, getting up from her chair, etc. she only makes it halfway through her independent work (ie, 7-10 minutes in) before she gets up or starts talking. The teacher thinks she needs to work on her concentration and focus. I think it's actually frustration, because she is doing great in math. She also apparently sits patiently at the table during meals--just not her reading/writing/language classes. So we will work on those things over the next few months.
The teacher said at the end that they are really going to miss Miss M, and it totally made me cry, which was kind of embarrassing. I have such guilt over the move, about her needing to leave her friends. It's just the way that it is, but still. Her teacher said that the classroom was a totally different place when we were traveling back to the US a few weeks ago, and they are all going to miss her. She said they would welcome us back if we ever returned, which was kind.
So here we are, a few days out. And I still have quite a few things on my to do list!