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My brother and sister and their families live on the West Coast. My mother shuttles between homes in Balitmore and Florida. And I live in the Northeast.
We don’t get to see each other near enough.
We’re all caught up in our lives and the lives of our children. The here and now. So caught up in doing what we do, being who we are in our world of jobs and school and social commitments.
Sometimes I forget that I am part of this bigger family. Not literally. I know they are there, but their lives are so separate from mine most of the time that it’s like they don’t exist in my world. Except they do.
When we figure out how to get together, we quickly become who we have always been, albeit older and hopefully more mature versions. The memories come back at meals, playing games, when one of our children acts out.
It brings back the reality that my siblings and parents once were the center of my world. While we are different in many ways, we grew up together, learning from each other who we were in relation to one another. The experiences, the people, the places we’ve shared molded our characters in front of one another’s eyes. There is something precious in that. Something that will always be there no matter where we are.
In the last few hours, I’ve said goodbye to my siblings and their families after a week spent together. I think that as I get older, the goodbyes are harder because I am able to see more clearly how much they mean to me, how much I want to know better who they’ve become.
I came across this poem a while back, and since these days, I find myself wanting to share poetry I love with others, I will share with you this one about saying goodbye. I hope you like it.
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