(Tuesday 8/19) Unlike my trip out to get Sergey, this time he was flying by himself from Minneapolis back to the city where his summer hosting family lives. The flight was direct without any connections, and the airlines take really good care of unaccompanied minors, so we didn't have too much trepidation about his flight.
The flight left on time at 6:55 AM. We were so busy taking the shuttle to the airport, checking in, going through security, and checking in at the gate that we really didn't have too much time to just sit and dwell on the fact that this was it for us, at least for now.
I know he was sad to leave, and we were sad to see him go. He had asked us, can't he just stay in America, and I said no, they would put me in jail if I didn't send him back.
I guess Sergey is lucky that there are two families that love him. But it is tough on him. Will he have to choose between us and them? Our advice to him is to go with the first family that comes to Ukraine for him. It might be us, or it might be them, or it might be someone else completely different. But for his own sake, if he really does want a family, then the best thing is to go with the sure thing. I would hate for him to turn down some family to hold out for the other, only to find that they can't or won't be coming at all.
Goodbye Sergey, it was great getting to know you. We love you and we hope to see you again real soon.
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