- Make plans to see the recipient. Do they like coffee? Sure they like coffee. Invite them to Starbucks, your treat. They'll refuse to let you pay, but the gesture won't go unnoticed.
- Talk at length about where you're going. Your plans are so airtight and so well researched, you'll say, that there's no chance your trip will have any unanticipated effects on your personality or worldview. Clasp the recipient's hands. Smile knowingly. And, most importantly, know when to abandon the subject after enough information has been passed along.
- Ask questions. How is the recipient really doing? Do they have any recent stories about their roommates, aunts or professors? You are not the focus of this goodbye; the two of you share its burden. Experience your relationship.
- Hug. Hug tightly. You'll be numb with anticipation and anxiety and fear and excitement and your heart will be beating and your brain will refuse to process the entirety of the person you are holding, but that person will feel things, too. Every emotion in the recipient's body propelled them toward your few seconds of closeness. Appreciate the moment.
- Don't look back. Never wave from the car. Never glance out the rear window of the bus. Never stare out of your window as the recipient drives away. Don't do that to yourself, and don't do that to them.
- When all else fails, run away. The best goodbyes are unspoken, or so says the singularly-focused defense mechanism you call your brain. Escape, and trust that the would-be recipient will understand.
- Leave. Don't linger.
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