When is Goodbye not Goodbye?

Goodbyes are funny things. Today I said goodbye to my college son as he headed back to school and it wasn't so bad. I told him I loved him, gave him a hug, and shut the door.

I remember dropping him off the first time. Saying goodbye was hard, very hard. We both cried.

It gets easier - not because I love him less, but because the heart adapts. And experience says goodbye isn't likely to be forever.