For years, my Mom ended all conversations saying: “Tootle ootle!” Several of my friends in my teens and early twenties picked up on it because they thought it was hilarious. All those years, it never had any meaning to me other than it was the way my Mother ended conversations while departing.

Today, I got an email notification that the word-of-the-day is “Toodle.”  It means, “to travel in a leisurely manner.”

It took me 40 years to realize that my Mom was basically not just saying “Goodbye”… but reminding us all to “Enjoy our journey.”

Sometimes I wonder about all the other things I never understood…and wonder why it takes so long to wake up to certain realizations.

With that, all I can say is:  Tootle ootle and be cool!

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