Today we had a farewell party for a couple in our group that is moving to Arizona in September. We reminisced and promised to keep in touch, but long distance relationships sometimes become brittle. Which prompted me to Google® what some famous people have said about goodbyes. I offer a few here:
J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, said: “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”
Jack Kerouac from On the Road: “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing. It’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s goodbye.”
Jarod Kintz: “Goodbyes, they often come in waves.”
Jeff Thomas: “There’s nothing good about goodnight when it means goodbye.”
All these and the other sayings I researched made goodbye a sad, lonely thing. But these friends are eager to move to Arizona, are excited about the next phase in their lives, and will truly do their best to keep in touch.
Maybe goodbye is what those who are left behind feel.