A couple of weeks ago Abby had a post by this same title. She was referring to her apartment number, but we later both agreed it felt like we were in a countdown of goodbyes. I feel like I have been saying my goodbyes since June, and really, I have been. The list of goodbyes is growing.
Goodbye #1: My safe and secure job in Kentucky with favorite clients.
Goodbye #2: To the amazing Minterns and US2s
Goodbye #3: To good friends from work. They threw me a surprise going away party that made me feel so loved.
Goodbye #4: A heart-wrenching goodbye to world’s best boyfriend and my roommate – it was a double whammy.
Goodbye #5: To Valerie – college roommate and pet-sitter extrodinaire!!
Goodbye #6: To my sister, which I wasn’t prepared to do just yet. She left for school and won’t be here to see me off next week.
Goodbye #7: To Stephanie, Brian and Asher (also known as the world’s cutest baby!) Friends that I haven’t lived near for a long time, but yet, moving even further is still hard.
In my life I have made some amazing friends and having to say goodbye has been difficult for me, even though I know its not the end. But with each goodbye, it has also gotten a little easier. They are not as emotional as when I started out. I realize that I’ve grown used to saying goodbye, though others have not. So I wanted to dedicate this post to all those that I have said goodbye to recently, and let them know how much they actually mean to me. Ignore my lack of emotion and realize that these goodbyes are indeed hard. I also wanted to take the chance to say goodbye, officially, to those that I would not otherwise get the opportunity to. Beyond the amazing people in my life, there are things and places that are familiar that I am leaving behind. So, a tribute to all those who won’t receive the formality of words, but deserve a recognition nonetheless:
Goodbye #8: –
- Mr. Gourd-man; seller of gourds, large and small – a faithful landmark on Hwy 231.
– Very strange shop man south of Brundige – it looks like you have cool art in your shop but I’ll never know because you are never open, though my college roommate said she met you once.
– Stinking Creek Road – you never failed to make me laugh.
– Amazing Florida sunsets that turn the sky colors that halt my normal routine.
– McAlister’s Deli – your grilled chicken breast on pita with no tomato, potato salad and sweet tea with no lemon was a staple on Tuesday nights in Alabama and a treat when I found you on the road.
– To the stretch from Montgomery to Panama City – particularly from Panama City to the state line, I will not miss you and your constantly changing speed limits and small towns.
– To the 9 Boiled Peanuts and 8 Bonsai tree stands on Hwy 231 – random but fun.
There are so many more sites that have become a part of my daily routine, the drive home, in Florida or Kentucky, restaurants, vendors – familiar pieces of my life. Goodbye.