When I arrived at Fort Sill, Oklahoma four years ago, I did not expect to meet so many wonderful people. Many whom I consider true life long friends.
It seems surreal that I am leaving now.
How do you say goodbye to individual’s that have shared your triumphs and sorrows for the past four years.
Each and every one of them impacted my life in some way- great or small, positive or negative. I see so many things more clearly now, that I did not before. I understand now why some military spouses, and civilian alike, are standoffish. It hurts to make friends that you know at some point will just have to leave. Each time I think it must take a little piece of your heart.
But I’m so much better for knowing them; for letting them in. For putting myself out there. Out of my comfort zone, in many cases. Mostly wonderful and amazing memories. Some taught lessons I thought I already knew. Others challenged me in ways I never thought possible. Mostly to be the best person I could be, and reach my true potential. Thanks for helping me find my way.
Sometimes their faith in me is what made me believe I could do it.
Maybe I helped them, too. But they will never know how much they truly helped me. For that, I am grateful.
So begins a month of goodbye’s…
I may not see you at school everyday anymore. A simple smile, a hug, or “good morning” in the hall as you pass by. Or the gym, as you encourage me to finish those last few rep’s. Or the park, where our children play together. Or lunch, dinner, and COFFEE dates, laughing and chatting. I hope that you will look back on our time together with fondness.
I hope I made a lasting impression on you, too.
Ask the friends that came before you. I am one of the truest and most loyal people you will meet. And well, you cannot get rid of me that easy! I guess you’re stuck with me 🙂
So it’s not goodbye, sweet friends…
It is: “til we meet again…”