Those moments that open our eyes

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”
― Mark Twain

We’ve lost another two men from our community in the past few days. One lived a quiet desperate life for years after his wife passed away. He turned to alcohol to ease his loneliness, allowing his life to fade into non-existence, until his heart finally died too.

The other fellow was always busy, always putzing about, improving things for him and his  wife until cancer developed. It spread rapidly, despite painful chemo treatments,  killing him far too quickly

After seeing the raw anguish on his widow’s face I went home, and as I gazed at Man-Wonder snoozing in his recliner, I was filled with a big gratefulness, for as much as I poke fun at him, I treasure the man for who he is — a slow, kind and gentle soul.

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” — Mitch Alboman 

I was also feeling more than a smidgen of fear that I would be the one left behind so I woke him up to inform him that I was planning on departing this mortal plane first.

Of course he argued.  In fact we’re still arguing about it.  . .

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.”  Lemony Snicket.

Ciao for now


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