Last night Dr. Abby Lockhart bid farewell to the series. I just finished watching it as I worked on a holiday "gift" for our RS Holiday Dinner....and wept. Silly ol' TV shows that I watch from start to end!
It began with Abby's voice reading Job 3:25 ... "For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me." And she proceeded through her last day...telling some, hinting to other, and doing whatever it is people do who have worked in one place and loved/hated that place, and then bids it goodbye. (Can you see where this episode took me?) I haven't ever worked in some main job to a length of time that made me sad/happy to leave it. It was that way in a small version when we moved from 809 to 3830. But how is it that we say goodbye. What is it like to have not been told someone was leaving, never having had the chance to say goodbye, or hug goodbye.
Again a voice over: Job 38: 16-17 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?...this as she walks past examing rooms where such incidents are being treated.
Abby stops on her way out to show Frank that he can, indeed, dance with his wife at their anniversary and then steals a stapler to which for once Frank turns a blind eye. Then she walks out the ambulance bay doors and finds 5 of her buddies standing around....Grady, Chuney, Sam, Tony, and Archie. Naturally everyone knows she's leaving except Archie and he's stunned. But she'd given him some advice earlier in the episode. After one final goodbye she turns to find her husband, Luka and son Joey, at the car waiting to whisk her away to Boston. (And I cried some more....I'm really good at endings and cryings.) And the final voice over in Abby's voice? Again from Job ... this time 38:18
Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.
Do we ever perceive the breadth of earth? Never enough! So will it be like this, our death? Will we say goodbye to some, hint to others, and skip more? and then do we turn and find those who we love waiting togreet us? I certainly hope so. I am going to miss ER...but I'm going to miss a lot of you even more. But I'm not dying yet....just missing ER.