Leave taking is never easy. Having to trust the Lord that you will see your sweet loved ones again, that they will be okay and keep on even without your physical presence. That’s a shock, eh? What a gift our family and friends are to us. How they fill our eyes and hearts with joy and satisfaction and love. Something that I have learned over these many years of hellos and goodbyes is this – separation increases my appreciation and thankfulness for each one, and also increases my prayers as I wonder how things are going in their lives when I can’t be a part of them. I am grateful for email and for the occasional phone call or very rare snailmail that keeps us aware of goings on.