So Long, Farewell


A sample of my DNA is currently in custody of the US Postal Service so it remains to be seen how much, if any, Irish ancestry I have. I’ve always been a fan of the Irish goodbye, so I wouldn’t be surprised if my Eurocentric blood has at least a hint of Irish nestled between the strong Scottish and German notes. When making the drive from Pennsylvania to Clemson University in South Carolina during my college days, I’d often leave a couple of hours before the sun rose – my parents and siblings often not waking until I was through the worst of Washington DC traffic (I still have nightmares about the construction of the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge).

I’ve always preferred to slip away quietly rather than participate in goodbyes that are seemingly never ending and filled with awkward half-hugs. So perhaps that is why I haven’t visited this blog since October – you know, back before Bennifer reentered our nomenclature and Putin became an even bigger asshole. My desire to write at And Then We Laughed just sort of fizzled over the past couple of years, as if I’ve outgrown the space. The landscape of social media has changed exponentially since I wrote my first blog post in my early 20s and now here I am as a freshly-minted 39-year-old having the ‘It’s not you, it’s me,’ conversation with my blog’s dashboard page.

“May your heart be light and happy, may your smile be big and wide. And may your pockets always have a coin or two inside.”

– Irish Proverb

So I bid you farewell, And Then We Laughed. It’s been real.

3 comments on “So Long, Farewell”

  1. So sad to see you leaving your blog. I feel I got to know you a little through reading it and following you. Best wishes as you continue your journey through life. I’m sure there is much adventure out you that awaits! Hugs.


  2. Thanks for the great blog over the years Karen. It’s been wonderful to read over a coffee and we will certainly miss it. I’m sure that bucket list is quite long, but if you guys ever decide to come all the way down to this part of the world and do that snorkelling off our coast, feel welcome to get in touch for some local knowledge and advice. Take care and all the best to your lovely family.


  3. I check your blog often and I’m sad to see you go but understand your need for change and/or growth. I think you are a talented reader and I’ve enjoyed every post. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself over the years…I will miss you here!


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