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The shared journey of farewell

September 22, 2012

I will never cherish goodbyes. I will never relish the closing of an old theatre, the end of a book I loved, the last look into an old apartment before shutting the door behind me. But this has been a year of goodbyes gone unmarked, of formal ceremonies I could not attend.

It seems I am even more a girl of ritual than I already knew. Somewhere, in that crowd of eyes and hearts uplifted, in that shared journey of farewell, I am better able to reach quiet resolution, a release unfettered by obstacles I did not choose.

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