Before I leave behind any readers who haven’t heard the term “leave behind” before, here’s a definition that my Google search for “leave behind” left behind:
- (verb) to forget or neglect to bring or take.
- to cause to remain as a result or sign of something ⇒ the storm left a trail of damage behind.
- to pass ⇒ once the wind came up, we soon left the land behind us.
Here’s something I want to leave behind for you now, in this post. The examples in that definition, from collinsdictionary.com, remind me of the brutally snowy and cold weather I left behind in New England this week.
What that above definition left behind, though, is the noun version of “leave behind,” which I definitely want to include as a leave behind in this post. Since every other definition I found online left that behind too, here’s my own definition, as a leave behind for you all:
(noun) a memory or an actual thing that remains after an encounter, especially one that can be transformed into something helpful in the future.
I don’t know if that’s the best definition to leave behind in this post, but it will have to do as a good-enough leave behind, for now.
Believe me, I won’t mind if you come up with a better definition in a comment, thus leaving my definition behind yours, because that will make this post a better leave behind for everybody.
Before I leave behind anything else, I shall leave behind some of the reasons I thought of the title “Leave Behind” this morning:
- Yesterday, my son and I had to leave behind our hope to see our friend Ron Lynch appear on the Conan show when Ron got back to us with the message that the Conan show couldn’t leave behind two tickets for us.
- We then left behind Los Angeles and our wonderful hosts Krystal and Jim to drive up the coast towards San Francisco.
- So we could leave behind too much consecutive driving on our way to visit my college roommate Marcia (whose wonderful leave behinds are included in previous posts I’ve left behind here, here, and here), Marcia suggested as a stop-over San Luis Obispo, the city that has, apparently, left behind unhappiness:
- Last night, as we were about to leave behind our San Luis Obispo hotel room — for which hotels.com left behind an excellent recommendation — for a walk and some dinner, we discovered we had left behind coatless weather in Los Angeles.
- I discovered I had left behind my most excellent raincoat at Krystal and Jim’s lovely home.
- Krystal, who leaves most people behind in her thoughtfulness and generosity, offered to mail my left-behind raincoat to my friend Lawry, who — like Marcia — left behind the northeastern USA to move to a warmer and more hospitable climate (like every other person who hasn’t somehow left behind their senses*).
Here are some photographic leave behinds, from our travels yesterday through Santa Barbara , a local candy store, a San Luis Obispo ice cream shop, and other locations:
I didn’t leave behind any photos, above, of the beautiful scenery we drove through yesterday, because I didn’t take any. If you haven’t left behind your home at any point in your life to visit the coast of California, I suggest you leave behind any obstacles getting in the way of your doing that, as soon as possible.
I would be leaving behind my usual posting routine if I didn’t invite you to leave behind any comments you choose, here.
One more leave behind, for this post, before we leave behind San Luis Obispo for a visit to the Hearst Castle:
At my age of 62, I sometimes think about what legacies I’m leaving behind me in this world. I hope those include kindness, humor, some leave-behinds about ways to leave behind fear and unhelpful thoughts, and other positive gifts for the people I’ve encountered. No matter what, though, here’s my best leave behind:
My son Aaron.
Many thanks to Krystal, Marcia, Lawry, everybody and everything that contributed to my creating and leaving behind this post, all those we’ve temporarily left behind in New England, and you (of course!) for leaving behind other things to visit here today.
* While this might seem unduly judgmental of all those who haven’t left behind New England to move someplace warmer, those are the current views and feelings of the writer leaving behind this footnote.