Just Say Aloha

1951” Hello,
I must be going,
I cannot stay,
I came to say,
I must be going.
I’m glad I came,
but just the same
I must be going. “

These famous ‘parting’ lines
were uttered by Groucho Marx
in the film Animal Crackers….

It’s certainly an interesting way
to make an entrance/exit, isn’t it ?

as Paul McCartney would say it:goodb
You say goodbye and I say hello . ”

And it all boils down to this:

How hard is it to say ‘adios’ sometimes?

Pretty damned hard —

And I hate long goodbyes to begin with.

One of my fantastic readers
gave me an idea for a post a long time ago,
and I’ve been mulling it over ever since —

I even came up with a
fancy-pants title and everything.

I’ve been thinking
so hard about it,
I forgot who gave me the
damn idea in the first place.

(Just kidding–
This charming lady did-
Jules at julesgemstonepages.

They do say that
as you get older,
— memory is the second
thing to go, ya know.

I’m glad I can’t count.


So, if it was you
from whom I stole the idea,bless

I’m truly sorry
—– for mangling it like
I’m about to do.

Probably most everybody
remembers the Paul Simon song
Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover ” —

He does give some pretty
interesting examples, for sure.

Make a new plan, Stan
Hop on the bus, Gus” —sailor

and those are fine,
—- if your name happens
to be Stan or Gus
( my sincerest sympathies )

what if your name is Myron or Jose ?

Don’t quote Byron, Myron….

Just Mozzay, Jose.

I don’t think that works anywhere as well.

So what’s a guy to do ?buddy

The friendly neighborhood postcard
publishers of the early 1900’s
liked to produce cards for
just about every occasion,

—- and since ‘goodbyes’ are
notoriously hard to say otherwise,
they pitched in to do their part–

and boy did they.

There are literally
thousands of different postcards,
all basically saying:




Get Into The Wind,


Leavin’ On A Jet Plane,

Catch Ya On The Flip Flop,

Peace Out,

Gonna Go Live With Granny,

Bon Chance,

Ticket To Ride,forever

So Long,

Laytah Gaytah,

Gotta Catch A Train,

I’ll Get Me Coat,

Hasta la vista Baby,

Adieu Sweet Stranger,duty


Oh sure,
I guess
there are much more poetic ways
of communicating it.

I mentioned Lord Byron earlier…
(at least, I think I did… )

And I always found his
So We’ll Go No More A Roving
verse rather appropriate:

” Though the night
was made for loving,
And the day returns too soon,tosti
Yet we’ll go no more a roving
By the light of the moon. “

therein lies the rub.

It’s not just finding
the right words,
but getting the courage up,
fighting back the tears,
saying the words
in the right way,

and then handling the reaction,
(whatever that may be) —

talk about a Gordian knot.

A postcard,
on the other hand,
only requires
a stamp and an address.

Add a “Dear John”
or “Dear Jeanette”,
you’re done with the whole thing.

Fait Accompli.

It does seem kinda
to do it that way.1912

I guess the immense variety
of ‘goodbye’ postcards
just goes to show how
difficult the whole thing
can be to say face to face.

And sometimes,
…. it was actually
the ONLY way of saying it….

of one ilk or another,
seems to have produced
the majority of them —

Another surprise, huh?girlie

I guess of all human enterprises,
war tends to be
the most universally
destructive and invasive —
not only to life and property,
but also to relationships
and human happiness.

And the cards reflect that.

Some are really touching and tender.

Others just make you wonder, man.





6 thoughts on “Just Say Aloha

  1. mislucja says:

    Any post that starts out with Captain Spaulding is AOK with me 🙂

    Great post

  2. Excellent post!
    I don’t like goodbyes. 😦
    But the cards, the words, the text…make it easier for some.
    I prefer face to face. Whether it’s goodbye for just a few hours. Or forever. I prefer face to face.
    Adios-HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…poor balls in the thistles! 😛

  3. julespaige says:

    Yeah – what a post! The post cards are swell!

    I just can’t imagine the more modern versions like just hanging up the phone or a ‘text’ saying we’re through. Wouldn’t want that ‘Facetime’ photo of a bird being flipped. I’m not sure the current generation knows anything about having to wait (for that next kiss…) – so really how instantaneous can a good-bye be once you’ve plastered it on the net for all eternity? XD

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