We've all said important good-byes--not only to people, but also to things, to ideas, and even to entire belief systems. So it's not surprising that this week's blog topic, "Saying Good-bye," inspired a lot of fantastic entries.
We wanted to read about important farewells in your life--and we've chosen a few blog posts to highlight:
Teresa Burns Gunther writes, "Mothering is an exercise in loss. From the moment of conception a woman loses the autonomy of her body and soul, forever. She eats with another’s appetites, she dreams for two. Her body becomes another’s birthplace; growing and changing with a life becoming in her interior, a life she guards and protects with each step, each breath, each bite of food." Read "Mothering: An Exercise in Loss"
Cathie Bird writes, "I sat down, tuned in...and not a damned thing happened, so I decided just to catch my breath and enjoy the solitude. As often unfolds, having ditched all expectations, I began to sense a presence. It seemed kind of rabbity. I wondered what or who might be there." Read "Two Dead Rabbit Tales"
Lois Duncan writes, "One by one you slip from my life,
Faded, softened blooms,
Dropping, petal by petal,
Into a caramel─a hunk of cheese─a glass of wine."
Read "Ode to My Teeth"
These three featured bloggers will receive a copy of the new novel by best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard, No Time to Wave Goodbye (Random House, 2009): "Jacquelyn Mitchard captured the heart of a nation with The Deep End of the Ocean, her celebrated debut novel about mother Beth Cappadora, a child kidnapped, a family in crisis. Now, in No Time to Wave Goodbye, the unforgettable Cappadoras are in peril once again, forced to confront an unimaginable evil."
Thank you to Jacquelyn, and thank you to our amazing community of bloggers for sharing their writing with us.
Here are just a few more of the great "Saying Good-bye" blog entries:
- Galen Garwood's "Saying Goodbye Without Saying Goodbye"
- Sarah White's "Where the Walking Begins"
- David Moolten's "Farewell"
- Susan Browne's "The Good Farewell"
- Rebbecca Hill's "Living Goodbye"
- And our favorite sentence of the week comes from Julio Peralta-Perino's post about visiting an elderly friend: "I wanted to learn Hebrew and Russian, but fortune has given me a chance to learn a language that needs no translation."
Read all of the "Saying Good-bye" blogs.