We said goodbye to the first of our neighbours in the same way our neighbourly relationship has always been conducted – over a shared meal, laughter, much banter. He will carry a suitcase of meagre possessions to a wet, windswept land and there speak the good news.
He is thin man not given to grand schemes. His hugs are strong and his handshakes, firm.
We lingered over the table till it was late.
See you later, we said. See you in the new creation.