Up, Up, & AwayEven though I've known it's been coming, I don't really feel prepared. Today is my last day to soak up just a bit more of this wonderful life, family, and community I'm leaving behind for a little while. Right now I'm so torn between the allure of going and the sadness of leaving.
I can relate to little Pi, a character in Yann Martel's novel, The Life of Pi, when he says, "What a terrible thing it is to botch the farewell. I am a person who believes in form, in the harmony of order. Where we can, we must give things meaningful shape" (p.285). Thank you all for giving my farewell a heartfelt, genuine, and "meaningful shape" by making an effort to see me or talk with me one last time. I am grateful for all of the strong hugs, special moments, and sincere well wishes. Later on, when I'm numbed by loneliness, I will try to wrap my hands around the warm mug of my most recent memories with you and feel a bit better. Oh, you will all be missed!