Posts Tagged ‘Stories’

In military life, saying goodbye to family and friends is part of the routine—something so frequent, it’s practically expected. I’ve often heard people connected to the military use the phrase, “It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later”—which has a lot of truth to it, given the “small world” of the military and the serendipitous encounters with old friends that tend to occur years later.

Saying goodbye to a loved one leaving this life can be quite a bit harder, however. Yesterday, my great-grandmother passed away after nearly 99 full years on this earth. Living out of state, I wasn’t there to say goodbye, but am comforted in knowing the large extended family she gave birth to was with her the entire way.

As a writer, I can’t help but look at life as a story…one we each have a hand in composing. Grandma Adams was a natural storyteller. Born to Czechoslovakian immigrants nearly a century ago, she shared insights from the past with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren through a sharp mind and  playful wit she retained almost to the very end.

Growing up, whenever we moved I always retained mental snapshots that seemed to capture the feel of the place we had left behind. Perhaps a person’s stories are the best “snapshots” they leave us after a life well lived. Through her stories, Grandma Adams’ spirit and smile will remain with each of us, until we meet again.

After all,  it’s not goodbye…it’s see you later.