Sunday, November 15, 2009

Saying Goodbye

My family has struggled these past few years, as do many families, with our own share of sickness and saying goodbye. Goodbye to friends and loved ones, goodbye to familiar ways of life, goodbye to the sounds of someone we came to know and grew to love.

Sometimes I wonder if we really know the power of goodbye, its grace, its finality. For many Native Americans, we try not to say goodbye, not in the same way. See you down the trail, until next time, keep your heart open, something like that. But this practice is not limited to any one culture, tribe, or region.

I think what we mean to say is I love you, I miss you, see you soon. What we often say is leave me alone, go away, don't bother me. Same words, different intention, all in a simple goodbye.

For the tenderhearted, it can be a lonely place. But it doesn't have to be.

It can all change with hello.


  1. Hi how are you?

    I was looking through your blog, and I found it interesting, and inspiring to me, so I thought why not leave you a comment.

    I too have a blog that I use out of Southern California here in San Diego.

    Mostly it is a collection of artistic expression, and I have many friends with the same interests, maybe you can become my friend, and follow, and I can also follow you, if that is okay.

    Well I hope to hear from you soon, and or read about you….LOL


  2. Thanks, Jess.

    Those masks are very cool.

    Thanks for coming by--John