An old friend must have felt my distress and stopped by to see me today. This is Francais. I nurtured him back to health earlier this year. He was getting attacked by dogs and was quite battered. Once he was well I let him go and he took off quickly(well quickly for a turtle). I turned my back and decided not to watch him go but wished him the best. So he picked today to visit me and show me he was doing just fine.
I know I have heard that some things and people are only in our life for a season. The quicker this is accepted the better you are able to deal with the pain. However, some are harder to let go of than others and you will feel pain and that is just one fact of life little grasshopper ;)