Entry 49: The Parting Glass
There is this song in Irish culture called "The Parting Glass," which can be interpreted as friends wishing each other goodnight after routine drinking at a bar or a person departing to newer places and endeavors. I first heard the song in a theatre production at Georgetown College. Back then, the lyrics carried no weight for myself, but as I depart from friends and family this Christmas, I now have a greater understanding of the words.
I realize that I am not actually leaving my friends, but instead they are losing a dear friend. I have never felt the grief of losing a friend, mostly because I am used to moving around the country as a military child, but the thought of my friends losing someone brings pain to me.
The thought makes me cry.
The words of the song were tangible, and they now carry weight.
In hindsight, my time in Kentucky was spent in good company.
I do not wish those who knew me any sorrow for my departure, but I bid you all a goodnight and that joy be with you.
See you next time.
- Daniel Cantu II