Love is what you’ve been through with somebody. ~James Thurber, quoted in Life magazine, 1960
“Please call me when you can,” texts Mum on Valentine’s Day.
The cat scan results are in. Dad has cancer of the bladder and prostrate and a blockage in his lungs.
Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely. ~M*A*S*H, Hawkeye
“He’s ready to turn up his toes,” says Mum, “but I asked the doctor what can be done for his lungs.”
Mum and I agree. Choking is not how we want things to go for Dad.
Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. ~Henry Van Dyke
“Don’t be too sad, darling,” says Mum, her own voice cracking, “It comes to us all.”