Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Not just Hello and Good-Bye

August 1, 2013

  Deanna Wolf

I looked at the calendar this morning and realized I have one week left as the CVUSA at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach. Six months evaporated into seven days. How did that happen? Yet what I find even more unfathomable than the rapid passage of time are the individuals who have entered, left and remained in my life.

I bid farewell to the Spring CCAO interns months ago. While their absence could be felt at the office; text messages, phone calls, emails, and prayer requests have kept us connected. In June, five new characters entered as our Summer Interns, filling the office with laughter and spirit. Our good-byes will come at the end of the week. My hope is that they turn into see -you- later instead. I know I’ll shed a few tears when I hug Amy and Chloe so long and walk out of the office on my last day and pray we’ll continue to know each other just in a different way. Over the next few days, I’ll say hasta pronto to the roommates and friends I’ve become so close with. However, I’ll have the privilege of continuing these relationships when I return to D.C. after a brief visit home to San Diego. There, I’ll be embraced by arms that know me too well and love me most deeply. I’ll squeeze back my tightest.

Relationship: a true Columban gift. How many beautiful souls I’ve gotten to share the journey with because of my time here at the CCAO.  I’ve come to know it’s not hello followed by good-bye. Rather, it is come leave your footprints upon my heart, change me for the better and I’ll tread lightly upon yours giving you the best of me.