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.