Today I said goodbye to my car and abandoned it to the cold, cruel world…or, at least to a nearly empty parking lot outside of a car auction site in South Milwaukee. I felt like Meryl Streep in the movie Sophie’s Choice, except that instead of choosing between two children, I was choosing between a car that was perhaps on its last legs and a future that hasn’t yet found its legs. The sense of abandonment felt personal; I don’t remember ever feeling so quite “at sea.”
I also had to say goodbye to a dear viola student. Watching young people fall in love with music, strive to hone their talents and commit to learning an instrument with true dedication is a rare privilege. I’ve had that privilege with some truly wonderful students in Milwaukee and I am very grateful.
Goodbyes…not my favorite thing in the world. But with goodbyes come new beginnings and “hellos.” While I’ll still shed some tears over the goodbyes, I’m embracing them and looking forward to what can only be some very exciting new beginnings.