We capped the field trip off at my old place in Caroline, an 8' x 10' shack on a friend's property.
Then sadness hit hard, I had to take Ting to the bus station to catch a bus to NYC where her mom and brother live and she's going to join them. There is a spark of optimism for her return as she wants to give her brother a chance at a better education than he can get in Brooklyn by doing what she did and coming to Ithaca. Though unlike her when she came here completely on her own, she'll bring him and live with him. We're all keeping our fingers crossed.