Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Leaving

We had lunch with friends at our favorite lunch place where we can sit outdoors on the intracoastal waterway, feeling a cooling sea breeze and watching the boats cruise by while sipping ice tea or a refreshing gin and tonic. For a couple of hours there, it was not at all hard to imagine that we really had ended up in paradise.

We are in the process of saying good-bye to friends we've made here.  We'll see many of them again next year, and we'll meet new friends and neighbors as well.  Still, we are at that time in our lives when we realize that there are some we are just not going to see again.  That holds sadly true for the home front as well.  There will be too many get togethers and events where one or more of the friends and family members we looked forward to seeing will no longer be attending.

It is easy, sitting next to gem-colored waters and listening to the shore birds calling, to be grateful.  And then there is the nudge -- don't take it for granted.

9 comments:

  1. Your sentiments are so beautifully articulated that I was just blessed to read your last line. No, we can't take these things for granted. Recognizing the precious nature of the moments we share with others in a beautiful, soothing place is one of the great gifts of life.

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  2. Yes - do it now! You just never know. Enjoy all that beauty and companionship while you can. (I will, too.) That bird looks like he's on patrol!

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  3. Feeling a little bittersweet? Chocolate will help. And it will always be there for you.

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  4. There are wisdom in your words. Great post!

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  5. You expressed how I felt when we left Arizona. Cherish the moment!! Safe travels to the both of you. Give those grands the biggest hugs ever!

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  6. It must be that time of the year, when the snow birds come back to their northern homes. Other blogger friends are doing the same.

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  7. Always a bit of sadness at leaving places and people you love. Life is indeed fleeting. Thanks for reminding to me appreciate it even more!

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  8. Better to go to the seashore and have to leave than never to go to the seashore at all.

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