Tomorrow, the Lady Jessica Genzer launches the next phase of her life. I have been graced with her daily presence in my home for three months. I am loathe to release her, but I know that marvelous wanderings and fabulous adventures await her in the Islands; and so, I must bid her adieu.
Jessica has shown me the way of joyfulness. She has brought her sweet son Addao into my life and taught me much about parenting. Her accepting nature, combined with her passionate defense of what she sees as the absolute truth, have tempered my responses to my own life. She has helped me find the courage to challenge injustice without mistaking the choices of others for intentional offense.
This two-day period holds three exits. My son leaves today to return to Chicago. Jessica’s son will go back to his father’s house this afternoon, and I will see him only occasionally during Jessica’s time in Hawaii. Tomorrow morning, Jessica departs for California from which she will fly to Honolulu for her three-month stay there. Once again, the Holmes house will be occupied by me, the silly dog, and our outdoor cat. I shall be sorry not to see Addao’s radiant smile and hear his adorable giggle. I am conditioned to Patrick’s comings and goings; nonetheless I am saddened by the thought of his impending departure.
But you: Lady Jessica. I’m going to miss you most of all. And once again, I have proof that I have a heart; because, although I am glad for you, to be embarking on this great journey, my heart breaks ever so slightly, at the thought of telling you fare thee well.