Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Saying goodbye...

...is never all that easy.

Other bloggers have written about the adieus some of us have had to bid recently.

Jessie recently informed us that her mother had passed away.

Steve Irwin, the popular "Crocodile Guy," who has entertained and educated millions across the world with his TV shows on Animal Planet and his films, died after being struck by a stingray while doing a documentary called Ocean's Deadliest.

Whether a person's leave-taking is expected or unexpected, having to say goodbye hurts.

And it's no less painful whether we're the ones to say it, or whether we're the ones to whom it is being said.

13 comments:

Mimi Lenox said...

Lovely thoughts, Lizza. As usual. Today has a melancholy feel about it. We are celebrating Labor Day here in America and I've had more time to blog. Bobby's site today has a story about Jessie losing her mother on the same day she won her award. She has posted a beautiful picture of her mother's hands. Chilling.
Here's to happier days!

NanNan said...

It's remarkable how the lives of some transcend borders, barriers and the world experiences a kind of global grief--- much like when Diana died--- they endeared themselves to us- and Steve will be missed---hopefully his cause as a conservationist will be furthered by his involuntary sacrifice-- some times, there's just no good in goodbye!

Anonymous said...

Yup never easy. Andre just said goodbye too on Sunday so am still a bit sad. Steve Irwin's death though is really shocking.

gg

Michael C said...

Very strong sentiments. I've watched two good friends say goodbye to a parent in the last 2 weeks. I'm not so sure anymore that doing the leaving is the hardest part...

Prometheus said...
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Prometheus said...

"He died doing what he loved best."

RiP, Steve. Prometheus, never eloquent with goodbyes, misses you, you crikey mayte!

Bazza said...

On the BBC news today they said that in the USA many people confused Steve with Crocodile Dundee (the actor Steve Hogan) who is an outrageous but ficticious Aussie. Coming to think of it they are alike!

Jessica said...

thankfully, i have never had to say goodbye to anyone very close to me....but even those that aren't so close are hard as well...

gem said...

Thoughtful post. You know, a friend of mine at work who is in his late 50s just lost his mom. And she had been ailing and was in her 80s. He's reeling from that loss. It's the kind of loss you never get over.

ian said...

I've recently lost someone very close to me - my best friend for the last eighteen years. She didn't die or anything, but she just stopped talking to me, and that hurts more than if she had passed on, because now I don't understand why.

I may never have the chance to say goodbye to her. I hope there is no need to, but without the closure I feel incomplete somehow.

I

Corky said...

My family & I just celebrated the 1st year death anniversary of my Dad last sunday. Nice gathering of the family, sad occassion tho. Its been a year & I miss him like crazy.

Lizza said...

Mimi: Yes, the day did feel melancholy. I've seen the hands picture, and I agree with you exactly. Chilling and touching both.

Nannan: I was stunned too, when I found out about it in Mimi's blog. The guy worked with wild animals for a living, I know, but it was still a shock to learn of his death.

gg: Maybe Andre will still play tennis for charity events or do some endorsements? You'll still get to see him on TV then. :-)

Michael: I'm pretty certain that sometimes it hurts more to be the one who's being left behind.

bazza: LOL. Well, the movies were pretty funny. But Steve was both funny and real!

Jessica: Yes, especially if you hear about the death of someone you didn't really know, but who was close to someone you do know.

Gale: The loss of a parent can be devastating. I'm sorry about your friend.

Ian: That sucks big time. I hope I never get to experience that kind of pain myself, and I hope that you and your best friend fix whatever went wrong between the two of you.

Juancho: Doing that is a celebration of his life; I bet the anniversary event was a mix of sad and happy feelings.

I can relate to what you're feeling. It's been 17 years since my dad died, and I still miss him.

Corky said...

I'm sure that he's very proud of you, wherever he may be. :D