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.