The Long Goodbye


“My humanity is tied up in yours, for we can only be human together”

– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Amidst the chaos of sorting, purging, labeling, and packing, there are a minefield of emotional goodbyes ahead. I’ve mentally been avoiding them for about four months while I have focused on the organizational tasks of getting ready to leave and the excitement of what lies ahead. But, I can’t avoid them any longer.

The Westtown students have graduated, and with only a few days of faculty meetings ahead, many of our friends are about to scatter around the world for their well-deserved break. Those goodbyes open the floodgates to many others that will spread across June and July. I must brace myself…

Life always comes with choices. I don’t regret mine. But, this is the hardest consequence of our decision to go. I am not certain how long we will be gone, and I have no idea where we will land if we do come back to the United States. I know this means that we may never live near many of our friends again.

Once our traveling starts in a few weeks, I am confident that there will be lots of adventures to share. For now, I just wanted to make sure my friends know how much I love them.

Woodrow Wilson once said “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” I have always relied heavily on my friend network when I faced troubles and they have held my world together on more than one occasion. I like to think I have returned the favor once or twice. New friendships lie ahead, but it is hard to imagine them being better than the ones that currently surround me.  

Much love.

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.”

– Washington Irving

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