Saturday, August 23, 2014

Until Next Time

Guest Post By Michael Ginsburg:

To my cousin, "uncle" rich:

People are dying to get in here. 

Some say goodbyes are the worst. Not seeing someone after being with them for a while is tough, for anyone, and everyone. However, they justify these difficult goodbyes with "it's not goodbye, it's see you later." 

The night before I left for my third year of college I made my normal rounds and said goodbye to everyone I normally would. However, my last goodbye, a visit with my uncle rich at gilchrest could not be justified with a "see you later". 

This isn't a sob story, or at least it's not supposed to be. This happens to a lot of people every day. With everyone leaving for college and other ventures, this is simply my suggestion to cherish the time you have with somebody, don't wait till goodbye to tell them something important or share feelings. 

The nice thing about the visit was that it wasn't like visiting a hospice, it was like seeing my uncle in a normal place. We had a happy hour, watched the orioles and shot the shit. Goodbyes don't have to be sad, nothing has to be- it's all a matter of perspective. 

To all my friends going back to school and overseas for semesters abroad, this is also for you- until next time. 

To my uncle rich- I love you and although this may seem like goodbye, it's really just a see you later.


When I left I told him "see you soon". "Hopefully not," he replied. "Eventually," I said.