The Goodbye Week
It is a very quiet morning and at this early hour, I have just said another "goodbye". My husband and a co-worker left for the airport to begin a long journey to the country of Indonesia for a week of business meetings. As I wait for sunrise, I am reflecting back over the past week and realize our family has experienced many "goodbyes".
One of our granddaughters graduated with honors from her high school and said "goodbye" to her friends as she prepares for her college education.
Early in the week I was preparing lunch in our kitchen when I heard a terrible crash in the other room. Upon investigation, I discovered that two shelves had come loose from the wall and my special collection of painted duck plates with gold trim lay in a thousand pieces on the floor. I had to say "goodbye" to treasures and memories collected over the years.
Our beloved pet dog, Lucy, had been our companion for seven years, but became ill and had to be put to sleep. This "goodbye" was necessary and a tearful time for everyone.
One of our sons and his family visited for several days and we said "goodbye" as they departed for their home in Canada. Another son and his family said "goodbye" to thirty years of living overseas and "hello" to their first permanent home.
We also said "goodbye" to some special friends as they traveled to Africa for several months. Next week, I am hopeful that my husband will return safely from his travels and we will say "hello" and not "goodbye". Would you agree with me that life is just full of "hellos" and "goodbyes"? I believe that it is.