He sat down in his favorite chair, the one with the tall back and the arm rests. He picked up the latest Larry McMurtry book off the side table, pulled out his glasses from his shirt pocket and started to read. He could read through anything: wars, famine or feasts.
With you…and without you.
We live in a world of distractions. We’re glued to our phones and our own opinions, both of which make it difficult for those we love to communicate with us. Do you want to be a better partner? If so, you need to learn to let your spouse have their say – without interruption!
This task occupies me as I sit at home conscious of my own mortality, quarantined due to an epidemic which purports to be particularly dangerous to old people like me, knowing that all I bequeath to the next generation as stories and the lessons to be learned from them must be recorded.
Perhaps over time I will be able to put this little ball of grief somewhere, store it in a grief drawer or bury it in my back yard with my phlox and roses and dahlias. Maybe there, the grief will lie in hope that it will grow into something, perhaps even into joy.
I wasn’t his childhood Aunt, but I was best friends with the woman who was. Things changed, time passed, and I would come to know him as my nephew. Fleeting moments, years apart, the one who created the family tie, now gone. But we are family, only now, not so much by creation, but by choice. Today, March 15th, Jesse Aaron Williams turns 40 years old. I can’t help but celebrate the man he’s become.
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My friend. My inspiration. May we have many more ‘ordinary moments’.
Knock on wood, so far there has not been a ‘what next’ in at least a month. So we are more than grateful for that. He saw his surgeon recently and he took an x-ray of my husband’s lungs – it was an all-clear. He saw his oncologist too and will not see him again until October.