I found the picture for this post in my iPhoto, I had titled it "Hi". The irony of this is that this post is about 'Goodbye'.
This was taken in September of 2004, probably on the 12th. Mo and I had just starting seeing each other then ... a short and tumultuous romance that led to real intimacy later as friends. No one I have encountered in my post-divorce life has had such an ability to get my raw emotions to surface. I don't know why, and I'm not saying I enjoyed it, occasionally however, her casual comments could have me upset in a flash.
Her influence on my life is fairly tangible, I didn't care for the way I ended up treating her, and it caused me to change my whole outlook on what it meant to treat someone with respect ... learning which continues today (see a couple posts back). There were several other changes that were influenced too. Our friendship grew later on, and we were able to learn about each other in a surprising way. Our friendship has become very supportive, and I have learned what it is like to have someone know you will be there for them, it is a privilege.
Okay, so it's not like she is dead, she is moving to Phoenix within a couple weeks. New job, new apartment, new life, already set up and ready to go. She'll be back for Cowtown 2007, and I look forward to dancing with her then.
The great majority of the time, I would tend to say that moving away, and trading in your current life for a new one isn't a solution that works ... however, sometimes a change in scenery is just the ticket. You go with my blessings and love Monique.