Until Next Time: Auf Wiedersehen!


When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.
Acceptance and coming to terms with your lot in life
is key to moving forward while remaining positive.
My glass continues to be half full. The German expression
auf Wiedersehen (until next time) is less final than the


English goodbye. Knowing this did not make my annual
leave-taking with graduating seniors less bittersweet.
They received a handshake or hug and were
asked to remain in touch while some tears were shed.
Often I had taught students for more than three years.


We had become family. As tough as this leave-taking
was annually, it prepared me for my own turn when I retired.
With multiple interests and hobbies, my retirement brings joy.
These days I can be found rehearsing, performing or singing
in community groups locally and out of state.


Sometimes words are unnecessary.
Goodbyes are but temporary.
Outstretched arms, hugs, smiles and
pats on backs suffice. A silent tear shed.
Hopes and fears merge. Until next time.

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17 Responses to Until Next Time: Auf Wiedersehen!

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    Alles Gute und noch viele schöne Erlebnisse wünsche ich dir, liebe Mary Ann, für deinen wohl verdienten Ruhestand! Herzliche Grüße! Peter

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  2. A positively lovely post, Mary Ann! 🙂 xo

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  3. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, even in saying Author Wiedersehn you bring light and joy … taking one’s leave is never easy but it always promises new adventures on all sides. It’s wonderful how your retirement has brought so many new rewards and particularly with your music! A lovely post and I like the photographs of you and all the flowers. Hope the new month is going well for you. Xx

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    • Thank you so much for your kind comment. Adventures galore which I’ll write about at some future date. I am singing with Syracuse Chorale tomorrow and then June 10-17 with the Berkshire Choral International in Baltimore. We’re performing Haydn’s The Seasons with orchestra. Who knows but next year in Europe? I’ll keep you posted. The flowers are in our gardens. Photos of me when I was still actively teaching. The one with the German tee shirt has Dr. Jerome Melvin next to me, my former Superintendent of Schools and my boss! He supported teachers and respected us which was wonderful. The new month is going well. Hope the same for you. I love your take on Author Wiedersehen too. We both do that from time to time with our respective blogs and Tweets. Enjoy the weekend, Mary Ann oxox

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      • Annika Perry says:

        Mary Ann, it would be amazing for you if you travelled to Europe with the orchestra next year – fingers crossed for you! I wish you all the best for your upcoming performances.

        Oh, I had written Auf Wiedersehen but it must have been changed by predicative spelling. However, you’re not too wrong that I have had to slow down on blogging for a little – so I can concentrate on my writing but also a lot going on in my life at the moment – these things happen! Warmest wishes 🌸🌻

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      • Just finished my last concert of the season with the Chorale. Now the big push for Haydn. I thought it rather clever of you to change to Author to replace auf in auf Wiedersehen. Our lives get busy like that at times. I simply say that life intervenes. Blogging is a weekly event for me, but I totally get that you are focused on your writing too. Music is in the forefront now and after June 18, I can take a bit of a break before our patriotic concerts around July 4. I’ll keep you posted about future travel plans with singing as well. Who know but what we might even find a place and time to meet? Have a good week and happy writing to you.

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  4. Oh, you going to make me cry. You have a way with words, Mary Ann.

    “Sometimes words are unnecessary.
    Goodbyes are but temporary.
    Outstretched arms, hugs, smiles and
    pats on backs suffice. A silent tear shed.
    Hopes and fears merge. Until next time.”

    Oh my, I am so teary… Thank you for being so deep.

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  5. geno says:

    auf wiedersehen:

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