Susie is a remarkable human being, one of the best I have known in my life, though if she reads this I risk getting skewered on a spit. She is an inseparable blend of being perfectly devout and incurably heretical. Most of my good friends probably fall somewhere in that territory, now that I think about it.
And this is probably an answer to why saying goodbye is so hard for me. There are remarkable human beings all around me. All different, all loved. No single goodbye could possibly work because each honoring is unique. Impossible. Time doesn't allow for all the goodbyes. It is not like the boxes which somehow or another all have to get on the truck and go. At some point, I just have to leave every unspoken goodbye scattered on the floor and move on.