Hello ~ Goodbye ~ Hello

Good things do come to an end.  
When the journey is over, we all have good intentions to keep in touch.  Parting words such as:
  • Come and visit me in the island
  • Let’s e-mail one another
  • Here’s my phone number and let’s chin wag
The common response is “Sure, Lets”.  
Listening to all these parting words, maybe just maybe, I could be wrong.  Having been a pilgrim, experience dictates it’s not going to happen.  So I thought, give chance a chance. 
I did keep in touch via e-mail, group e-mail.  I sent out birthday wishes, prayer cards, and Advent reflection.  All good in the beginning and bit by bit, silence.  There is still hope for there was still one person who wants to remain.  I was asked if I’m still in touch with the group.  No, my response, you are the last person standing. 
Keeping a real friendship when one is a pilgrim, one has to be aware what the real motive is behind.  We may be brothers and sisters in Christ, there’s always an ulterior motive.  My motive is clear that I remain faithful to my pilgrim progress, no strings to bind but to my faith. 
In the end the last person standing found a better offer for I am waiting this to happen since I played cupid between them.  Ah, love.  I am so happy for both of them. 
So, how do you say Goodbye? Facetiously, I say see you in the next life.  In reality, say so long and let them go.  Knowing too well the price to pay for being fully human and alive when saying goodbye, it’s emotive.  And the real answer is blowing in the wind. 
There are questions and the common ones are what did you buy and did you take pictures.  Of course, I went shopping, that’s part of the itinerary.  Tourist is herded like cows and dropped them off to a shopping centre.  Pictures? Sure, faceless ones are great and photos that speak the divine but they are elusive.  
To keep the economy going, one has to buy the obligatory group picture.  The professional photographers work so hard for the tourist industry and I am very supportive of them, even I detest having to pose.  Besides, I only look at this picture once and stored away.  
So here goes, nothing.  If you can guess where this picture is taken and which post I mentioned this place, I will send you the original.  The first correct answer, wins. 
And YES. I am in the picture!
Pilgrims 2012
Pilgrims 2012
 
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44 thoughts on “Hello ~ Goodbye ~ Hello

  1. Ok my turn..I’m going with Santiago de Compostela.

    Each person that enters into our lives has a purpose to be there, and for whatever time they need to be in our lives. They will be. When their lessons are shared, time, distance and growth has them leave. With each one of us all the better.

  2. No idea where that is and where you are in the photo. You know me how I like a quiet life lol. I really don’t like meeting people on holiday, vacation day trips, I am there for a relaxing time not to jolly it up with total strangers who for I could see could be ‘Mad Mick and his wayward wife Nasty Nancy from Nottingham’ who if I didn’t join in the karaoke would get me drunk and do nasty things to me behind the pool table.
    So keep myself to myself, join the locals on local buses, doing local things is more my type of vacation. You have to point yourself out in the photo. 😀

  3. This is the game: If you can guess where this picture is taken and which post I mentioned this place, I will send you the original. The first correct answer, wins.

    We have a winner.

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