How does one say good-bye
when it may be forever?
Does she look into the hearts and the souls
of those she loves
then smile at their beauty?
Does she silently wish for happiness for her beloveds
in an uncertain world
then smile at the possibility?
Does her body tingle with warmth
and gladness and love
for having known them?
Does she remember the good times
spent backpacking, cycling and breaking bread together
while deep contentment fills her heart?
Then as she watches their car drive out of sight
hands waving, faces grinning,
does she break down and cry
at the magnitude of her loss?
Yes. This is my experience at saying good-bye
when it may be forever.
For you see, my beloved friends Dave and Lieve came to visit. They live in Switzerland and have taken us on many unforgettable adventures in the Swiss Alps. Many years ago Mike and I bonded to them as quickly as Saran wrap bonds to itself. We have been unable to untangle ourselves since, but we haven’t tried.
They are a little shy so I cannot post a photo of them, but I can give you a glimpse into their hearts and souls:
So, how do I say good-bye as they make their way back home?
I remember what Dave said to me in September 2012 when we last visited them in Switzerland. I had tears in my eyes at our parting as I knew I might never see them again.
He said, “We don’t say good-bye.”
I gave him a puzzled look.
“We say, ‘See you later.’ ”
The tears changed to smiles then as they changed to smiles this September 2014.
“See you later,” we all called to each other.
Even though all of us knew,
it might be forever.