Saying goodbye is tough work, you know? It’s like sadness and nerves, the ‘what will be’ and the ‘oh my heart what used to be,’ It's the promise of longing for old times, old places and old friends, plus the excitement and anticipation of what lies ahead. What new adventures? What new roads will we travel? What new hearts will we meet?
I said goodbye to a dear friend last week who is leaving Jakarta, off for new adventures. Jenn is a real, good, kind heart, an artist of the truest order, and an inspiration in that essential art of how to be a human.
But before she left, I got to hang out with her and her gorgeous family. We wanted to make some pictures to remember her time in Jakarta, a city that’s been home to her family and her children during their most magical years. This little family is saying goodbye to life in this crazy city, goodbye to chaos, and bad traffic, goodbye to pollution and flooding. But also goodybe to having a beloved aunt and uncle down the road, to their pet dog, and a veritable menagerie of stray animals that made a home together. Goodbye to slow evenings when the light slants low, and the dogs run around until they can't run anymore, and little ones play naked in the sprinkler, no one caring that there are no dry clothes. Goodbye to their school, to community. Goodbye to friends so close they are now family. Goodbye to that golden light, those banana leaves glowing green, and the sound of the call to prayer drifting lazily through the air.
Goodbyes. They are hard.
I’m so glad, though, that I got to take these pictures and remind them of wheelbarrow races and white wine in water glasses, golden afternoons, lush green leaves, and red earth, and little dirty feet.
Anyway, J. I’m gonna miss you. I already do.