Friday, April 13, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Goodbye

I can hear the Muppets singing...

"Saying goodbye
Why is it sad?
Makes us remember the good times we had
Much more to say
Foolish to try
It's time for saying goodbye..."

And I get a little pang in my heart.
Dozens of goodbye visions
flash across my memory
and wave of nostalgia overtakes me.

I have been known to say, "I always have to say goodbye to someone I love. Never do they all get to be in the same place." I think that is why my wedding day was so special. All my favorite people, or at least a representation of all of the lives I have lived, gathering in the same place.

That's what having your cake and eating it too looks like to me.

I have lamented having to live a life where I learned to say goodbye before I even took my first step. It's hard. It breaks your insides. You wonder if you will make it until tomorrow.

And yet, somehow, you realize that you are a little richer, a little wiser, a little more appreciative, thankful, gracious because God gave you so many people to love and be loved by.

And maybe the value in that is worth the price
of all those goodbyes.

In case you have never seen it
OR if you would like a trip down memory lane,
here is the clip from Muppets Take Manhattan
that was playing in my head as I started this Five Minute Friday.
{Subscribers, click here to view video}


Zee Kleshchar said... Best Blogger Tips

I can definitely say I hear ya... For me, the General Assembly of my Church (I go to Nazarene Church here in Ukraine) is the "preview of upcoming attractions" because last time I've been there I got a chance to see so many friends of mine... And it was fun to realize that I knew more people there than my friends from the US - because so many people have visited Ukraine either for a short period of time or a few years...

Jacque Watkins said... Best Blogger Tips

And I think we are better for having loved, even though we suffer, than for never having loved at all. And I'm loving how you saw the profit and value that painful goodbyes hold. Have a wonderful weekend, friend!

Laura said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the muppets! I had forgotten about that song. And if you move around a bunch, I imagine your wedding day was even more memorable than those of us who grow up and stay in the place. Thanks for sharing

Meredith said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the way you described your wedding.  What a fairy tale -- all the different pieces of your life coming together at the most special day!!

A life lived well, full of love, is going to be full of good-byes. It is a part of it...  And the love far outweighs the pain, don't you think?

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh that is so exciting! I know EXACTLY the feeling that you describe! I am so glad you are "one of those" who "gets" it!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, Jacque! I so agree. Where would we be without love? I shudder to think...

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh it was! Truly heavenly in SO many ways! Thank you for stopping by, Laura!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh the feeling was truly hard to describe! I felt like I had been given the MOST amazing gift in the world.  And I agree...I love how you call it..."A life lived well, full of love..." What a way to think of it! Thank you!

Beverly Brumbley said... Best Blogger Tips

"And maybe the value in that is worth the price of all those good-byes."  Well said, Baby!  Our lives have truly been made up of going and coming....and saying good-bye to someone all the time.  I believe, too, we have developed an appreciation for even those little times when we can all be together.  We have learned to make them special.  I love you and see you soon!  Though another good-bye will be just around the corner, those few days will be sweet!

Michele {A Life Surrendered} said... Best Blogger Tips

Good-byes leave such a heaviness in my heart. I still do not even like it when my husband says good-bye for work. I think the sorrow is mixed with feelings of abandonment.

The promise that my Heavenly Father will never leave me provides so much comfort. I sense your pain here too, and I pray for healing... in us both :)

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