just yesterday we said “goodbye” again.
we said goodbye to friends via the internet as they plan to move to another continent and we said goodbye to our longest ongoing friendship on the east side.
and as i thought about our life over these past 4 years i realized (i guess for the first time) that there has not been even 1 constant life-on-life relationship in our lives for the duration of our time here.
yes, many dear friends (& even family) have come and gone. we’ve had friends for as short as a few weeks and friends for as long as a couple of years… though none have been truly consistent. we’ve had to say our goodbyes so many times that it has become a normal way of life. and sadly, as i was reflecting on these 2 most recent goodbyes (both seemingly permanent at this point) i was saddened when i realized that i was using the word “goodbye”.
when we left texas 4 years ago we refused to even utter the word. instead we opted for “see you later.” somehow it seemed less painful to approach the impending changes casually.
so… it is with great sadness and great relief (amazing that the two can co-exist) that we have finally come to terms with the impermanence of our lives.
“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”