I Dislike Long Goodbyes

Are there other people like me who dislike long good-byes?

Watching my daughter’s Fifth grade Promotion Ceremony today reminded me of how I dislike long goodbyes. A few thoughts about saying farewell.
“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they
recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the
too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to
the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”―
Jack Kerouac,

On the Road 

 “I was trying to feel some kind of good-bye. I mean I’ve left schools
and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t
care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place
I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t you feel even worse.”

J.D. Salinger,

The Catcher in the Rye 


“But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go – we’ll eat you up – we love you so!”
And Max said, “No!”
The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible
teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but
Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye.”

Maurice Sendak

 “No, this is not a goodbye. It is an encounter.”

Sensei-san Bottle Fairy

 “You and I will meet again,
When we’re least expecting it,
One day in some far off place,
I will recognize your face,
I won’t say goodbye my friend,
For you and I will meet again.”
– Tom Petty

 “I do not say goodbye. I believe that’s one of the bullshitiest words
ever invented. It’s not like you’re given the choice to say bad-bye, or
awful-bye, or couldn’t-care-less-about-you-bye. Everytime you leave,
it’s supposed to be a good one.”

John Green,

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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