Goodbye is a word we use often in our daily lives: when we leave home in the morning, when we leave work or school, when we meet up with friends and leave them after our chat, when we leave from visiting our family. Goodbye can also be one of the most difficult words to say in the English language.
The French express goodbye using two words: au revoir (meaning until we meet again) and adieu (until we meet in front of God). It is the goodbye expressing adieu that can be so difficult: it is a goodbye with the knowledge that we will never meet the person again. The adieus that I have said, have been those to loved ones that have passed away. I know that I will never see them again, and it was a goodbye that was heart wrenching.
There are those goodbyes that express au revoir: goodbyes that do not cause any emotional upheaval. I have found, however, when I say au revoir to my family in South Africa that at times the emotion I experience borders on an adieu goodbye. This may be because I am never sure when I will see them again: the next time I am able to visit, or in front of God.
But at least the word goodbye in the English language (as in any language) is balanced by the positivity of the word hello.
What are your experiences of the word goodbye?
(Join me in the Five Minute Friday Challenge hosted by The Gypsy Mama. Participants write for 5 minutes with no editing, no over thinking, and no backtracking. This week’s prompt is: Goodbye.)