A friend of mine, who came to the U.S. from China a couple of years ago, is leaving on Wednesday to go to Indiana for a job opportunity. This has reminded me of one of Confucius’ sayings:
In translation: “Is it not a pleasure to have friends who come from afar?” The characters here are traditional, because the saying is in Classical Chinese. Classical Chinese is often more compact than modern Mandarin, and one character can have a whole host of different meanings. But the meaning of this saying is clear, and it rings true from antiquity to modern times! 再见, 我的朋友!