One Door Closes
March 5, 2015
Dancing on the inevitable edge of destiny, finally arriving as a graceful pirouette, we’ve always known this day would come. Will I miss our weekly rendezvous over a steaming cup of morning coffee, or at times, a brief, exhilarating encounter during lunch? Oh, yes! More than written words could possibly express. After all, you have been the depth of my existence for ten years capturing a piece of my heart, which I trust, you will hold as dear as I hold fond memories of the wondrously amazing dance we have shared together.
Mere words cannot express how dear you have become to me, tightly woven through my heart strings. You’ve laughed with me during great times, and we held our dignity high during the occasional bad times. Even in times of silence your unspoken words soothed me. Just knowing you were there was all I needed. The countless hours we’ve spent together have given me such joy, every moment captured on the pages of my memories.
You were there for me when my kitchen was overrun with Argentine ants. You wholeheartedly supported my cause to eradicate all 300 varieties of crab grass when I felt overrun by weeds. Remember the game of foodball my crazy family played one Thanksgiving? Such fun! And you even sang merrily with us as we caroled through the neighborhood. Sigh...great times.
You came along on a magic carpet ride as we discovered the landscape of our lives is sprinkled with green pastures and rolling hills during pleasant times and treacherous mountains during difficult times. Together we bemoaned rising gas prices and our constitutional rights being jeopardized. Expressing our pet peeves we laughed at how silly some of them suddenly seemed.
You lent me your shoulder to cry on when I said farewell to gluten, closely followed thereafter by sugar. Taking the 30-day challenge together we committed to not voicing a single complaint for an entire month. It was tough, but we did it. I’ve never told you but...I walked around rhyming to myself for weeks to write “T’was the night before Christmas”...my special gift to you every year. Each New Year we examined, and usually reconsidered, our resolutions— laughing as we resolved not to make any more resolutions.
You’ve been privy to some my most embarrassing moments over the years. I’ve also shared the life-altering trials I’ve had to overcome. The most difficult...being bedridden for two years. However, the most rewarding moment of my life came when I made the decision to embrace life and live every moment of every day. Yes, a decade of tears (sad and happy) have been shed, which brings me to the present.
Now is the time for me to dance to a different song. As I waltz into my future with grace and elegance carried by the melodies of my heart’s desires I will always cherish the time we have spent together. No, this is not farewell forever. I will always be here if you need me. And I promise to keep in touch from time to time, offering a stimulating tidbit for your reading pleasure. So you see, no worries, it isn’t goodbye because our paths will cross again. On that I am sure. Until then, blessings and best wishes to you today, tomorrow and forever.
Author’s note: Hello friends, you have just read my 400th column. Wow, ten years ago I would have never dreamed of uttering those words. I began writing as a form of therapy after an illness left me questioning life itself. However, other desires now tug at my heart. Therefore, as one door closes on this chapter of my life I eagerly waltz through another door opening...the door behind which my future awaits.
Can you imagine...being on the edge of your destiny?
Smile, life is good.