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A memory to treasure

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

When my ex-boss arrived home from his radiation appointment, we had helped his wife cover the dining table with a lovely lunch, and we were sitting in his living room as if nothing were out of the ordinary. He opened the door, saw us sitting there, and was so nonplussed he couldn't say anything until we went over to gently hug him.

This was such a beautiful day. We lingered over a healthy lunch and talked about old and new experiences. We went for a very short, slow walk in the sun. We left to allow my ex-boss an afternoon nap and then met later for dinner, which included his two adult children.

My ex-boss moves so slowly now. He needs a cane and takes his steps very carefully. His mind used to be so sharp and was encyclopedic; now he speaks slowly - but still lucidly - except he can't come up with many details now. The surgery to remove the brain tumor and the daily all-brain radiation has compromised some of his memory.

Yet despite this it was hard not to just sit and grin like an idiot at him. I'm very happy to be here, and I think my former colleagues are as well, and the day just felt very right.

We are going to spend tomorrow together and then go our separate ways again. Saying good-bye is going to be hard. I'm glad I have seeing my family to look forward to.

Oh, and the food! I'm on the west coast now and the seasonal local fruit is *fantastic*. My ex-boss fishes, and smokes his own trout - we had some for lunch, and it was delicious. Healthy, yummy food which just added to the all-around goodness of this day.
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    What a bittersweet day this was. It brings tears to my eyes just to imagine it, as I have always been very bad at dealing with goodbyes--either being so ripped apart that I do no one any good, or flippantly and irresponsibly denying that there's anything deeply meaningful to address. I so admire the way you are handling this. Your boss is lucky to have known you, and you him.
    2129 days ago
    How lovely to have this opportunity with your former boss, and how kind and supportive of you all for doing this for him. I love the summer fruits here in California. Enjoy your family visit! --Pam
    2131 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful day. What a gift for your former boss.
    Enjoy the rest of your visit on the west coast.
    2131 days ago
    I'm glad you had a wonderful day visiting with your friend. Enjoy every moment with him and treasure your family even more. emoticon emoticon
    2132 days ago
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