“Will I ever see you again?” asked my friend Dave*.
“I don’t know.”
Moving is different to travelling. Moving gives you the chance to put down roots if you so choose. In this current point in time, travelling is easier than it has ever been before. What distance that once could mean a seven week journey now could be accomplished in eight or ten hours. Airplanes, trains, cars allow for greater speed than ever before in going from one place to another.
Sometimes, the body is there before the heart and the mind catches up. There is not much time to adjust.
Sometimes goodbyes are ‘see you later’ or ‘keep in touch’ or ‘farewell, I’ll probably never see you again’. This happens to exchange students, immigrants, the military. It happens to refugees, missionaries, people on business trips. Even if you just left home to attend school, and home is proving to be just a tad further than you think.
Putting down roots sometimes may sneak up on you. You leave a place you did not call ‘home’ and all of a sudden, nostalgic memories of certain foods or celebrations or people seem to make you ache for it. Other times, putting down roots is a choice. We live in a time and society where the television can fight to be a better past time than inviting a friend over for dinner.
What do you think about relocation and roots?
*Name changed to protect privacy.
8 There was a man all alone;
he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
“and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
a miserable business!
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.