You guys, I totally suck at goodbyes. I always cry. When I was little and my parents would leave us at my grandparents’ house for the weekend, I’d be crying before the car even left the driveway, upsetting my parents and probably offending my grandparents. I cried at the end of every school year, I cried when my middle school chorus teacher got a job in another district and left us, I cried when I moved away from Iowa, I cried when I even THOUGHT about my dog dying.
Don’t get me started about the scene in AIR BUD where the little boy is trying to get his dog to run away and find a new family. “Go on, Buddy, you’re free now. Go on, Buddy! Get! You have to go, Buddy. Please, Buddy, go. get! Goooo! Get out of here! Don’t you understand?! Get! I don’t want you anymore! Get!” SOBBBBBB.
And then he throws the ball so the dog will chase it, and by the time the loyal dog comes back with the ball, the boy has gotten on a boat and is floating away… and the dog TRIES TO SWIM TO HIM…
So what if it’s a mediocre movie about a dog who can play basketball; it is still the SADDEST MOVIE MOMENT EVER.
Seriously, watch 3:30-end and tell me you’re not at least a little bit misty:
Speaking of dogs, I even get sad when I have to leave mine alone in the house so I can, you know, go get groceries or have breakfast with a friend or be a functional human being. Because WHAT IF MY DOG MISSES ME?
And that’s the weird part about my weepy goodbyes: they’re not so much about me as they are about the people I’m leaving. I’m just so worried that they’ll be lonely! I hate thinking about that moment when the person you just left stops waving and finally turns away from the window to go back to their solitary life. I’m sorry I have to leave!
But you know what? This time it’s okay, because Reader, you are in such good hands with the amazing new class of Debs. You won’t be lonely at all! You won’t even notice I’m gone! You’ll be too busy getting to know them and enjoying their hilarious anecdotes and thoughtful comments to be sad, I promise! Here, go chase this ball while I run after that boat….
Friends, it’s been an awesome, surprising, crazy year. Thank you to my fellow Debs — past, present, and future! — for all the support & friendship, and huge congratulations to all of you!
M. Molly Backes
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