Endings and Beginnings by Da Goddess

Published on 14 March 2004 in Friends (Please wait)

After a pleasant day of walking around the zoo together, my guest and I headed out to Pacific Beach. We were to meet some friends of mine at a beachfront restaurant for dinner.

As we walked up to the restaurant, I snapped this picture.

I was happy to be introducing my friends to one another. All are people whose company I enjoy a great deal. I had more than a sneaking suspicion that they’d all get along. Good, intelligent people tend to mix nicely.

On the other hand, I was also quite sad. This was the last evening of my guest’s visit. I’d had a wonderful time with him. The conversation was fantastic, the laughter was frequent, and the opportunity to do so many touristy things was a lot of fun. Another thing was that my home suddenly felt full again. It felt warmer somehow. His presence breathed new life into the rooms that had recently seemed devoid of any pleasant feelings.

I was going to miss my guest. He’s a good friend and would always be welcome in my home – wherever it may be. It was hard to know that our time together was coming to a close.

The dinner was a rousing success and we continued the evening with some drinks at a bar down the street. It was a lovely way to end a pleasant day.

And that evening seemed to be a catalyst for the true beginning of what has become friendships that have grown stronger over the last couple of weeks.

This photo will remind me of that moment when I felt so sad over one friend’s impending departure, and the joy and warmth with which I’d been embraced by my other friends since that evening. One ending created a new beginning. Kind of like each sunset leads to the rise of the sun again the next morning.

Da Goddess (San Diego, CA, USA)

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