Just a few days ago, our family made our final trip to Mount Vernon. We spent the day shopping for last minute things before we leave this chapter of our lives behind. Leaving Mount Vernon for the final time for awhile marked a sad day for us. And this leaving was the climax of a long month of goodbyes to precious people that we love. It was difficult driving away from Mount Vernon after seven great years.
As we left our dear friend’s house that night, the rain was falling–a very appropriate farewell from Mount Vernon. We told the boys to look up and remember all of the different places they saw that have made an impact on us.
As we drove away, the boys, giggling most of the way said things like, “Goodbye Dominos, goodbye Griffen’s house, goodbye Safeway, goodbye Walmart, goodbye EBC.”
It brought tears and memories to our eyes as we thought of all the places and the memories. Saying goodbye to our church, EBC was the hardest (More on that in a future blog).
However, there was one place that surprised me. They said goodbye to “Bigfoot Java.” Bigfoot Java is a small coffee shack on the side of the main road into Mount Vernon. Our family has never been there before. So when they said that I wondered about why they cared about that seemingly insignificant place in our family’s memories. But as we got on the freeway and drove away from Mount Vernon, I realized why. I could recount how many times we got off at that same exit to come home from a long trip or vacation. And there was Bigfoot Java, saying “Welcome home.”
Goodbye Mt. Vernon, we will miss you :).