I am leaving tonight for my annual volunteer trip in Brazil. If you are new to this blog, you can read the entry I posted last year to explain what this is and why I go.
One of the best parts of the trip will be seeing my godson Pedro, who celebrated his first birthday in February. Last year, I got to be there for his baptism, and I wrote this entry to explain my friendship with Pedro's father Sergio.
In March, my friend Carey went to Rio and the surrounding beaches for spring break. Her trip fell in the midst of my packing to move to New York. I was cleaning out my condo and allowing myself to keep only the bare essentials. Sitting on the bed in my spare bedroom was Ted, my childhood teddy bear.
I decided it was time for Ted to have a new home.