You say hello, and I say goodbye

Have you noticed there’s been a lot of that happening here lately? You very kindly stop by here to say hello, and before you know it I’m either bidding you a swift goodbye, or excusing yet another of my extended absences. Such conversations skirt around the edges of being one-sided, and there’s nothing too enjoyable about that.

Whenever I’m reflecting on hellos and goodbyes, I always think about the wedding speech made by my husband’s best man all those years ago (hello Andrew!), where he spoke about how he and the Mr maintain their friendship, even though they don’t see all that much of each other. I can’t recall his exact words, but I remember them as something like … ‘our hellos always start with the first words before goodbye’ … It always struck me as a beautifully eloquent statement.

I often think the words that stick in our minds stay there for a specific reason … most likely because one day they’ll fall into place at exactly the right moment (like now).

Hello, goodbye ... the perfect matching pair.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is that your visits are always appreciated, and so in the future I shall try to repay your kindness by not disappearing every five minutes (no promises though … ha!).Ā I shall also try my very best to not say hello right before I say goodbye …

To keep these hellos and goodbyes on their toes, I thought it best to sign off here with a hello rather than a goodbye. Hello!! What’s new in your world? Any plans for the holidays?


  1. caren

    hello! I do so enjoy your words, and I figure your goodbye times only feed the hellos – so it all balances in the end.
    I have been quite random with my hello/goodbye quotient as well. The focus is always on “hello!”, though, with a happy skip to its step & a mischievous glint to its eye.
    Isn’t it odd how goodbye always sounds so final, but hello is so open-ended?
    also, it seems you are a Scrabble player? wish we lived in the same country so we can have a good sparring match! šŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caren – It’s nice to know that you can see a balance of sorts in the hello / goodbye ratio! You are so sweet. xx
      Haha, I know just what you mean about those happy skips and mischievous glints … both together they make it hard to focus on anything much at all! šŸ˜‰

      I agree with you on the finality in the sound of ‘goodbye’ … it leaves a lingering sadness, whereas a hello is rarely anything but cheery.

      Oh yes, I love playing scrabble … board games are always a joy to play, and scrabble is a particular favourite. We shall just have to organise an international scrabble meet-up and play together! šŸ˜‰

  2. Teresa

    Hello Tracey!
    I always love seeing your blog posts pop up in my RSS feed. Unlike some other blogs (that sometimes post too frequently!), I stop to read yours. You might disappear at times but it’s a delight when you come back to say hello. šŸ™‚
    xo T

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hello Teresa! Nawwww … you are so lovely to say that … (I know I sometimes get blogger’s fatigue from trying to keep up with those too-regularly updated blogs). Thanks for being so very sweet to stop and read. xx

  3. Selma

    Hello hello. I knew all along it wasn’t really goodbye. You just needed time to gather your thoughts. Hope you have a lovely Christmas!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Selma – No, I doubt it will ever be a final online goodbye from me … I always find myself back here eventually! šŸ™‚
      Time out to think and reflect has been most welcome in the latter stages of this year … I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too!! xx

  4. stephanie

    hello! i know what you mean about starting and stopping with the blogging. i’m enjoying just posting when it feels right and i think it’s great that you’re doing the same. šŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Stephanie – I think it works best that way, when we post when we want to rather than force some sort of blogging rule onto the experience … I think then our blogs have a better chance of reflecting what’s actually going on in our lives. Thanks! šŸ™‚

  5. Debby

    Hi Tracey….I think I know what you mean…It’s weird because I was planning to take a year off blogging from January the 1st because I need to spend some time researching and experimenting and producing more art work. Last year after my exhibition I didn’t do anything else (artwise) but I did a lot of blog writing and so connected the two. Presuming that the time spent doing one thing was making me neglect the other. But the more I think about going away the more addictive it becomes…just like coffee…

    …so I’m not sure whether I will or not…

    I think we all have times when we need to have a bit of a break but then we can say ‘au revoir’…it always seems so much less permanent than good bye…

    Glad you’re back for now…have an awesome Christmas….
    Deb x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – There’s no denying it’s hard to work out the right balance amongst all the things we’d like to get done each year … and like yourself, whenever I feel that I’m not doing actual writing, but finding time to blog … well then I think it’s a case of either / or. But maybe we have other causative effects at play?? Who knows …

      I think maybe for me, as soon as I place a hard and fast rule on myself to NOT blog for a certain amount of time, then I immediately will find an excuse to break that rule … (though perhaps that’s just a personality fault of my own). I prefer a more flexible approach where I see what happens and just try to follow how I feel at any one time … (though that could be my laziness talking). I’m sure you’ll find the right balance in the new year Debby.

      I’m sending you all my very best thoughts for a wonderful Christmas your way too … I hope you have a wonderful time with friends and family. xx

  6. woolf

    wel, too funny… i’ve been playing ’round with scrabble parts just this week. ran out of ‘y’s too, as a matter of fact..
    no worries though. you always turn up again. so. this is you! hello!
    happy holidays.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – Scrabble parts are lots of fun to play with … whether it’s because of a serious word-filled duel, or for another creative reason. Hello!

      I hope you have a wonderful holiday season … I shall send some happy, cheery thoughts your way to add into the mix. xx

  7. bobbi

    Welcome back!! What’s your plan for the holidays?? Laying on the beach? I have always been so jealous of you australians and your sunny Christmases…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Thank you for the warm welcome!
      My plans for the holidays are to do a lot of lazing about, eating good food, and enjoying a lovely glass of wine … but I do have some local travel plans … with a few short day trips here and there (I hope to definitely make it to the beach).

      Haha, I think we always want what we’ve never had … I always find myself wishing for a snowy, cold, white christmas. Take care. xx

  8. Krystal Lee

    hello šŸ™‚ just came across your blog through ‘tabitha emma’ and i wa drawn to the rabbit illustration as i have two little bunnies of my own. anyway, just wanted to drop by and say hi, always happy when i find another blog to inspire me!

    krystal x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – Thanks for visiting … lucky you, having two bunnies of your own! (I’m jealous) šŸ™‚
      I’m so happy to have you stop by … it’s always lovely to meet a fellow blogger.

  9. Fourth Daughter

    Nice to have you back… I’ve been terrible with checking out other people’s blogs over the past few months because work’s been busy, and the computer I use in the office won’t let me leave comments for some reason. And then when I get home I’m too busy writing my own posts or doing freelance work to check blogs! Agggh! Hopefully I can catch up a bit over the holidays. All the best for the festive season!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fourth Daughter – Thanks so much … I’ve been shocking with keeping up to date with other people’s blogs (let alone my own), so at least we’re in good company on that front! šŸ˜‰

      I’m happy to hear that you’ve been busy with work though … now you can enjoy a lovely break over the holiday. I hope you have a wonderful time with all you have planned to celebrate the season. xx

  10. ejorpin

    Oh gosh for a minute there I thought you were really going to say goodbye, which had me worried as I do always enjoy reading your thoughtful posts no matter how often (or not!) they pop up. I think we all have times when our hello/goodbye ratio is out of whack, but it all balances out in the end…

    (and yes, I do have plans! We are going skiing – hooray!)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Emily – Oops, sorry about that tricky title … I didn’t mean to give anyone the wrong idea.
      Thanks for saying such sweet things, it’s lovely to be missed by such lovely people as yourself. Life is a funny thing for sure, with lots of ups and downs … but yes, I agree … it all manages to eventually achieve a messy sort of balance.

      PS. As for your skiing plans, how exciting!!! I hope you have a fabulous time!! I’ve never been skiing myself, I do much better on less active snow activities like building snowmen and such! šŸ˜‰

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