This has been a bittersweet week for me (and for many of my friends).   My former mentors, who we affectionately call “Bossing” and “Mom Shirley,” have left the Philippines.

I met them about 8 years ago when I first arrived in Manila.  They are one of the main reasons I was able to so quickly adapt to the Filipino culture–they taught me and showed me how.

I’ve spent less time with them over the past few years.  Their responsibilities changed, and I needed to start making decisions for myself (which they encouraged).  But I always knew who to turn to when I had a difficult choice to make and needed some advice.

Bossing and Mom Shirley, you’ll be greatly missed.  Thank you for answering the call.