I have a wonderful girlfriend, Carolyn, who is also my editor for my ‘Bad Girls’ series. I met her a few years ago here in Turkey when she came to help out a Captain friend of mine with work on his computer.
She ended up living with me for almost a year and it was a truly bonding time. But her heart was in Romania, for where she had left her home in the USA many years before to go to live.
Carolyn had been drawn to Romania to help two orphan brothers who were in dire straits. She has helped them in so many ways to the point that they are now able to lead independent lives, thanks to all her love and support.
Wanting to stay in Romania, Carolyn started volunteer teaching English in a Romanian school, to be able to access her required visa. But it is made so difficult to obtain these visas, even though she is contributing so much to the local community without ever being a drain on the country.
She has now come to the position where the renewed visa is just too difficult to obtain and has to move back to the USA.
She will be welcomed back with open arms by all in her home country who have missed her so much, but Carolyn will be leaving Romania with a heavy heart, not knowing when she will see her two lovely boys, Dan and John.
I am sure she will see them one day again because if I know nothing else about Carolyn, it is that she is a strong and determined woman. I am very lucky to have her as my friend.