When we say “farewell” to someone we love, do we ever truly consider the thought that it might be the last time we get to say that parting word, to them?
What would it mean to say this sad but hopeful word, knowing that it would be the last time to…look into the eyes of a beloved spouse, parent, sibling or friend? To go forward, from that moment, without them?
Stop for a moment and contemplate this very difficult and sad scenario.
Then take the time to appreciate and honor, every special and ordinary reason that makes you love that particular person.
Perhaps…the one-of-a-kind way they laugh (and how they laugh at even your worst jokes).
The way the light plays up the angles of their face, as the sun sets on a sandy, glorious beach.
Breathing in their unique and memorable scent.
In the case of a spouse; waking up to feel their warmth close beside you. To know that you are not alone to face the challenges of another day. To know that someone in this world truly cares what happens to you.
Maybe it would just be to remember how every day was better and brighter, because they were close by and had shared a part of your life.
The next time you say “farewell” to someone you love, say it like you really, really mean it. Say it like it’s the last time (even though it almost certainly isn’t).
And wish them a heartfelt “fare thee well” as you kiss/hug them good-bye.
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