Five Minute Friday: Good-Bye

Five Minute Friday: Good-Bye

It’s Friday again. Can I get an Amen? Today I join The Gypsy Mama to write for five minutes on her weekly prompt. No editing or rewriting allowed. Click on the link to her site if you want to try it, too. The prompt this week is “Good-bye”.

When my baby sister was crying her head off, it hit me. I would forever be saying good-bye from now on. Missing someone no matter where I was. I was twenty-one and leaving for Colorado. It was only four months, but to a five-year-old I guess that seems like forever. And in some ways it was. I tried to comfort her by telling her I’d be back, but somehow I saw that when I got back I would be missing the people who’d become part of me while I was gone. I couldn’t have imagined how accurate my prediction was. Coming home was like tearing my heart away from a new life. The most painful good-bye I’ve faced yet.

Now the good-byes are more bearable. Or perhaps I’ve been anesthetized and I don’t feel the pain as keenly. Saying good-bye to my brothers when we head back to our far-flung homes with our little families. It’s like a bittersweet pulling apart . . . and in a few minutes I can let it go and immerse myself in the life I love with my husband and kids. But I know there will be a day when these little pieces of my heart will be far-flung themselves. And those may be the hardest good-byes of all.


As I came to the close, I realized the hardest good-byes are the ones that seem permanent, at the end of a life. But no time to address that. Perhaps another day. Have a great weekend everybody!

  • Laura
    Posted at 07:37h, 13 April Reply

    Oh yes…saying good bye as our little joys head to out to the world to make their own life. That will be tough.

  • Eva Trillian
    Posted at 07:47h, 13 April Reply

    Amen to it being friday! 🙂
    And all the goodbyes in our lives? Maybe we should remember to grateful when saying goodbye hurts coz we have people in our lives that we will miss for a while… easier said than done!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  • Meredith
    Posted at 08:24h, 13 April Reply

    Alison, I loved this!!

    I ran out of time, too!
    And, it doesn't take much for me to be thinking ahead to the future good-byes of our children as well.. my heart starts hurting now just thinking about it!

  • Alison
    Posted at 20:30h, 14 April Reply

    Thanks for the comment, Laura! Not looking forward to it, but I know that time will have it's own joys too.

  • Alison
    Posted at 20:30h, 14 April Reply

    Thank you, Eva. Great reminder!

  • Alison
    Posted at 20:32h, 14 April Reply

    Oh, I know, Meredith . . . just praying that when that day comes we can say good-bye with joy, knowing they are walking the right path. 🙂

  • Claire
    Posted at 19:52h, 15 April Reply

    Oh, I loved this, Alison. Very pleased to 'meet' you!

  • Alison
    Posted at 20:38h, 15 April Reply

    Happy to meet you, too, Claire! Thanks for reading. Glad you liked it!

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