12 June 2007

Preparing to say Good-bye


I have a good friend here in town who is moving to Texas next week. Yes, Texas. She is a treasured friend and her kids are friends of my kids (all teens). Why Texas, you ask? Her husband recently retired from the military and the best job he could find was in Texas. So after a lengthy and lucky stint with the military here for the past 10 years, this family is pulling up their well-established Maine roots and will go south for good.

Tonight the family came over for dinner. After dodging rainstorms all day, we had a nice cookout and talked well into the evening. In the course of our conversation, my friend, K., told me about a going-away present another local friend had given her.

Apparently the other friend made a memory jar filled with various things that have to do with Maine. There were bits of dirt from the military base where K's husband was stationed, sand from the beach near their home, grass from the elementary school playground where her children played, and pine cones from the middle school they now attend. There was much more, but you get the idea. Each of the items was layered and was explained in a lengthy letter which also gave deeper meanings such as making new roots like the pine cones would, etc. It was a very touching, moving, and unique gift.

I'm finding it hard to say good-bye and hard to imagine Maine without my precious friend. Life will go on, but for now, it's not feeling too much like the way life should be. :(

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