Saying Good-Bye

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile now, you know I am leaving Canada to return to my homeland of Scotland. Here I sit, down to my last few days here. It kinda’ feels surreal!

This is not a sad occasion, however. Even though it is hard to say farewell to family, friends and loved ones, we have been keeping things upbeat. I’m about to start a brand new adventure!

But sometimes, it’s just as hard to say goodbye to places and the memories of the good times had while at those places. That’s how I felt, as I watched Lake Huron disappear in the passenger side mirror of the truck as we drove up the hill from the Goderich waterfront. I felt a little piece of my heart break off. It was the same leaving Southampton, watching the shoreline from the ends of the streets we passed driving down the highway. I’ll miss the sunrises, sunsets, big ships, Great Blue herons, Bald eagles, cormorants and other shore birds. But I’ll always have the memories of those things stored in my heart, and the photos to remind me I was there.

Chantry Island, Southampton Ontario

Have you ever been somewhere, on vacation for example, and it’s your last day or night there, and the sunset (or sunrise) is absolutely spectacular? Like it’s saying goodbye to you, and putting on such a show that it brings tears to your eyes? I have noticed that since childhood, when I went on a week’s holidays with my friend and her parents. I’ve seen it many times since. It was hard, saying goodbye to such a spectacular lake.

Bur soon, my new adventure begins, with not just lakes, but seas, massive river mouths, mountains and castles! I look forward to sharing my journeys and explorations with you all!

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Published by jenmcnaughton

Born in Scotland, I moved to Canada in 1980 with my family. I was 10. I became homesick in my 20's, and longed for my beloved Scotland. Happily, I recently returned home for good! I am a photographer, freelance writer and bestselling author, and entrepreneur. I am an animal lover and advocate. My other hobbies include exploring, collecting sea glass, reading and music.

2 thoughts on “Saying Good-Bye

  1. Knowing you has been a distinct highlight in my life. I have wonderful memories of you that I will carry with me throughout my life. I am excited for you to be going home and I fully support your desire to do so. The great thing about memories is that the pictures in our minds never go away if we take care to carry them forward. Scotland is the ancestral home of my family as well and I envy the journey you are to embark on. I wish you all the best in your travels and hope that you remember me as you soak in all that surrounds you. Bon voyage, my friend.


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