Thank you all for each of your individual replies. I really appreciate everyone sharing their own personal views and perspectives.
One thing is clear, we each have our own sense of what "Good-bye" means, and that is why I intentionally left my original post, and another post
As I mentioned, I am a teacher...actually a professor of university students...and the graduation ceremonies/activities are always celebratory,
exciting, and full of parties (in most cases). However, students, now more than I've seen in a while, are more apprehensive about their
futures...rightfully so in many cases with a tighter job market, the economy, and other issues that they are exposed to. Yes, it is hard for me to
"send them along" in some cases, but one of the concerns with them is always "Will so-and-so still be my friend after all these years although
we'll be living 2,000 miles apart?"
Social media, like Facebook (though I'm not a big fan), helps to a degree, but there is always that lingering question of "Will I ever see so-and-so
So, my point of view is that saying "Good-bye", in many, but not, all cases is the unfortunate reminder of our own mortality (or that of one dear to
us)--which some have alluded to in this thread. This especially came to light for this year's graduating class with the suicide of one of its
That is why I prefer to say "See you soon/later" or "Good luck" or "Keep in touch," rather than "Good-bye."
I know it is the circle of life and sounds silly, but, to me the "Good-bye" carries with it a sense of finality...and we are, only mortal humans
(well, maybe most of us, lol)
And, even in the grand scheme of things, I have faith that we will see those closest to us again....
Now, I have to make that doctor's appointment that I've been putting off for 9 months!