Friday, June 25, 2010
A chance to say good-bye
My husband’s sad trip helps me realize that this is a chance many people never get; a chance to say good-bye. It is heart-wrenching to think about looking deeply into your parent’s eye, especially when it’s likely that won’t register or recognize who you are, and say “I love you and thank you” through so many stories and memories that only you two have shared together. I have friends who have never been given the option to say good-bye to their parent who unexpectedly passed on. They always wished they had a final chance to say farewell, hold their parent’s hand one last time and deliver a kiss with an “I love you.” We all don’t get this special opportunity and my hope for my husband is that he reaches out to the moment. The present, literally, the gift of the present moment, a few minutes, to say good-bye.