For those that knew my sister, knew of her beloved friend Zoe. Zoe lives in China. The two met in 2004 during Katelynn's first visit to China. They instantly connected becoming forever 'sisters'. Following 2004, Katelynn made two more trips to China to visit dear Zoe before she passed away in 2009.
Following Katelynn's passing in 2009, our family remained in close contact with Zoe. My mom was really able to help Zoe process Kate's passing and provide a listening ear for her. Although the miles between us and her created such a barrier.
One of Katelynn's life long dreams was to have Zoe come visit the United States to meet my brother, my parents and myself. But more then that, Katelynn truly desired for us, her family, to one day fly to China with her to see the sites she saw and to meet her dear dear friend.
Well, tomorrow, a sweet sweet reunion will occur for my parents, as they have safely arrived in Beijing as of early this morning. They anxiously await Zoe's arrival tomorrow morning, when they will meet, for the first time face to face! Then, over the following few days, Zoe will take them on a journey seeing some of the same sites her and Kate saw the last time they were together.
Although this reunion is bittersweet, knowing the absence of Kate's presence will be deeply felt, we can't help but rejoice knowing one of Katelynn's life long dreams is becoming reality!
Oh how I long to be in Beijing with my parents awaiting the arrival of dear Zoe, but I rest knowing that, for now, it is not my time.
If you remember, be thinking of my parents over the next few weeks as they travel throughout China, seeing many of the same sites Kate saw and experiencing many of the same emotions....