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The older we get, the easier it is to say good-bye. Why? Change is inevitable. The conveyor belt of life delivers us all to the edge, and off we go. What is that new sensation that occurs when we let go of our flesh and reside in just our souls? Is it like watching that dot go out on the old black and white television set? Is it that smooth spot at the end of an album where the stylus rests, seconds before it’s lifted off the record? Is it like that moment just before you wake, only you don’t, a sound, restfulness, a deafening silence, the inside of a raindrop?
Answers untold until we find out for ourselves. That experience is as individual as each of us. Or so I assume.
But what about the other times we say good-bye, the times when we actually get a chance to say it, to wish someone well on their new adventure, to smile through tears and to push them along, willing only success for their amazing future? Today was the beginning of three days of good-byes to my friend and colleague Kimberly Click, who has decided life is too short and that it is a very good idea to spend time with her mom and her son and let love rule. How spontaneous! I love it! I also think that this spontaneity of hers is what keeps her the object of her love’s affection. She is one of those people you want to be around, but it’s gotta be on her terms.
“Do you know what I mean? Do you know what I’m saying?” This is what she would say into the telephone while working the lines, gathering support for health care measures working through the Legislature. She’s one of several people in Hawaii lobbying for health care measures that benefit all of us. All of Hawaii’s health care organizations have such people. In fact, they often work together. If Kim didn’t believe in what she did, if she didn’t feel strongly about how these bills were written to help her fellow citizens, she wouldn’t be relentlessly making a case for each of them. I know that health care lobbyists in Hawaii do have their organization’s interests in mind. I also know that a healthy population saves everyone money. So the healthier you are, the better it is for everyone’s bottom lines.
What will Kim do next? I have my theories, and I’ve shared one in particular with her. She’ll be back in December. She thinks she might like living one of those jet-setter lifestyles of living half the time on the Mainland and half the time here on our lovely little rock, in the middle of the ocean. I know when she comes back, she’ll be reminded of the vibrancy of our rainbows, the balmy air, the wafting scent of plumeria, the many, many friends who are so excited to have her back.
Kim on her own terms. We wouldn’t have it any other way.