I need to keep a recording or sticky notes, a big neon sign would help, to keep telling myself "It's not goodbye, its see you later". Seeing friend/neighbors/coworkers/kindred spirits move away, is one of the hardest parts of Military Life. It is also the one part I have yet to embrace or at least accept. I prolong the inevitable, procrastinate on saying see you later until the last possible moment, and then when there is no other time left, I give tear-filled hugs and end up walking away before I "boo-hoo" like a toddler.
The description above is exactly what we did this afternoon, we met some friends on post and I did the crying behind my sunglasses hugs, and walked away first because I knew I was going to burst if I did not walk away right then. It's not the same, even with facebook and txt messages, but I will take all the "see you later's" because that means we have some wonderful people in our lives!
Miss you guys already! Drive safe and we will see you later :)