A delayed goodbye

A delayed goodbye

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To the Editor:

I never thought I’d end my time on the Island this way. I figured I would grow old and eventually pass on. Or, I might get lucky and be a two homes in two very different places gal. Or, I’d sell my home and move into elderly housing. Or. You get the picture. Things probably don’t ever go as planned.

I recently sold my Island home of 27 years with the intention of leaving the Island for a new home just across the water in Falmouth or Woods Hole. I could continue seeing my clients at my office as an off-Island commuter. If nothing turned up off-Island, I’d find a suitable year-round rental here while I continued looking off-Island.

Because the logistics of the sale went on much longer than my inexperienced self imagined, I was advised not to commit to a rental until I was sure of the sale. As a consequence, I found myself in the unenviable situation of needing housing at the beginning of the summer season. As a dog owner, many rentals were a flat-out “no way” to my little 15-pound Fergus, despite his adorableness and better than average behavior. As my closing date came closer and options countable on half of one hand, I’ve decided to take my life much farther away, in western Massachusetts.

From the bottom of my heart, I wish to thank my clients for making my professional life a success. I’ve been able to afford life here because of your patronage. I also want to thank my many clients from far and wide, year-round and seasonal, for the added bonus of your varied personalities and your life stories you’ve shared with me over the years. It’s been a distinct privilege to get to know each of you wonderful, crazy, brilliant, funny, whimsical, joyful, gracious, hard working women and men for 18 years. The faith, wisdom, and grace you’ve shared with me will never be forgotten. I thank you.

I expect to take up residency in the Great Barrington area in only a couple of weeks, and I will wrap up my practice the end of June. Negotiations are ongoing in finding another electrologist to serve the Island, but nothing concrete as of yet. I will continue my efforts in filling this needed service. And I’ll be here at 12 Surveyors Lane on and off through July, as these negotiations continue, so stop by and say hello if you’re in the vicinity.

Eileen Reilly

Vineyard Haven

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