Day 2: Hellos and Good-byes

This has been the never-ending day.  Being a Saturday, that is a good thing.  We are in the middle of the school year so I stay in the same routine, waking up at 5:00am no matter what day it is.  Sometimes I am able to fall back asleep.  Most times I am not.  Today was a not.  So, I started by day bright and early, and very quickly I realized there were going to be plenty of ‘hellos’ and a few ‘good-byes’ today.  I started out by saying good-bye to my husband, for just a very short time.  He had to spend a few hours at work.  It wasn’t long before we said ‘hello’ again.

I got to say ‘hello’ to the UPS guy.  I was home for the delivery today.  Usually the packages are just left on the porch.  It was a nice change of pace.

I was able to say ‘hello’ to a very old friend.  Actually, he is my son’s oldest and best friend.  They have been friends since they were a single year of age.  Unfortunately, he and his family had to move away when he was just in second grade.  Now, there are many downfalls to social media/gaming/too much technology, but there is an upside.  The greatest upside is having the ability to stay in contact with those special people.  So today, instead of just communicating through technology they were able to spend time together in person.  That was a very happy ‘hello’.  Tomorrow will be a slightly sad goodbye.

I was able to say ‘hello’ to my oldest daughter.  She is a graduate student studying to be an OT.  I don’t get to see her often enough.  She came home today and will be home for the next 2 weeks.  The first week will be for field work, and the second will be spring break.  But, before I could enjoy time with her I had to say ‘good-bye’ to her husband.  He will be flying back to California to prepare for his 6 month deployment to Japan.  That was a happy and sad ‘good-bye’…. happy because I am very proud of him….sad because I will miss him.

I did not get to say ‘hello’ to my middle child.  She is away at college.  Several times today I was thinking about visiting her.  That would have been a great ‘hello’.  But, it wasn’t to be.  She will be home next weekend.  My ‘hello’ will wait.

I haven’t often thought about all of the ‘hello’s and ‘good-byes’ I say in a day.  There were plenty today, and, what do you know…the day is still not over.  Still a good thing.

Good-bye for now.

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4 thoughts on “Day 2: Hellos and Good-byes

  1. This is so lovely. I’ve never written about who I’ve said hello to, goodbye to, or who I maybe didn’t get the chance to say either to. It’s such a simple thing but one of those means of communication that is so universal, important, and meaningful. I loved your story of hellos and goodbyes.

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  2. That seems like a years worth of stuff in just one day. That is one of those days that leaves you exhausted from all of the emotional stuff attached to it. Glad it seemed most of it was on the positive side of things!

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