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Easter Monday Pot Luck for Deirdre

April 19, 2009

Little did I know when I met Anne and her daughter Lydia, 11 years ago, that we would become friends and she would introduce me to a group of women who were in the same predicament as myself – mainly international wives with small children whose husbands worked for a local computer company. We were a world wide group coming from  Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Great Britain, India, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia and the USA to name a few countries.

Anne was one of the founding mothers and so was Deirdre. Deirdre organized the coffee group rota, compiled a phone list, was the link for new families, suggested girls nights out for our birthdays or movie nights and was just there for us. Other friends in this group shared their experiences, suggested doctors, dentists, preschools, and places to visit. For many of us this group became family replacing friends and family left behind.

Over the years friends have come and gone but we still keep in touch. 11 years later the world seems to have shrunk with technology such as email, Skype, and instant messenger, keeping the family at home nearer and allowing friends who’ve moved to remain in touch.

Our children have grown, changed schools, progressed to college and work. We have gained green cards with the right to work, become American citizens and returned to our former professions or gone to college ourselves.

Two and a half years ago, Deirdre, took an M. A. in midwifery and despite the stress and challenge of an on  line course, linking it in to working locally, finding suitable placements for clinical and delivery experience, she delivered her 40 babies and passed her course.

Now she has a new position about 4 hours away from Redlands and I am sure she will soon be bringing more new babies into this world.

We couldn’t let her just disappear so we had a pot luck lunch Easter Monday, bank holiday for us in Great Britain and in Australia, to wish her bon voyage…


The new kettle


Reading good luck messages

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Consuela                                                                   Jane

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Anne                                                                       Marianne



Although there were only few of us present it didn’t matter the thought was there…

Good luck Deirdre with your new job, you aren’t far away and a good stop for travelling north or visiting Yosemite or Sequoia.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2009 8:25 am

    My mum has been sharing stories of “the ESRI widows” for years 🙂
    It’s great to hear you guys threw a party for her and I know she was thrilled by that kettle – just what she needed!

    • bizzilizzi permalink*
      April 21, 2009 1:38 pm

      HI Taryn it was a pleasure to spoil her after all she’s done for us over the years. Hope the new job is going well and you are settling into a new country well. If you need help or anything feel free to contact my sisters.

  2. Deirdre permalink
    May 10, 2009 4:51 pm

    The potluck was great being able to spend this special time before I moved with my wonderful friends. I was completely thrilled with their gift of the kettle, mugs and Redlands memories. Of course I had a kettle FIRST on my list to have to purchase! YAY any reason for more cups of tea! I hope I have lots of visitors in Reedley on your trips north from Redlands as I have a spare bedroom at the ready. It was always an honor to meet families new to ESRI while I coordinated the Newcomer group. What a way to make new friends. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone moving to a new location. Friends who stick by you tried and true become more precious as time goes by. In a new home it is essential to have this contact. Thankyou to all my friends who I love as dearly as my family!

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