April 24, 2008

Rumors of demise are exagerated

Nope, not gone.

Just so totally whip sawed between work and home and outside obligations that I have barely had time to think, let alone write.

So, if anyone is still reading this, I will try to write some more soon. Truth is, I miss it. Finally.

Off early today from work. I am going to coach the first practice for my five year old son's little league team. I am, probably, more excited than he is.

And I could use that kind of fun. I watched, yesterday, as they performed a funeral mass for my partner's young cousin. He was 20 and the cancer he had been fighting finally did him in. I know his mother and father, too, and have for years. The grandmother, too, come to think of it. As I watched the boy's mother walk into the church, behind the casket, all I could think was that grief had destroyed her face in a way I had never seen before. Usually, if there really is such a thing, grief eats away at the flesh and the fat and leaves the bones etched in sharp relief on the face. Here, her face, as she followed the body of her only child into the church, was collapsed as if grief had rendered the bones of her face brittle and they had shattered under the weight of her sadness. It was heart rending.

So, today, I go out into the sunlight with nine little boys and I teach them how to run, to hit, to throw, and to cheer for their team mates. It is a beautiful day and a blue sky and I am happy to be alive.

Posted by Random Penseur at April 24, 2008 11:58 AM | TrackBack

Oh, God. I cannot imagine the loss of a child. Bless her and them.

Live, my friend.

Good to see you, too!

Posted by: Christina at April 24, 2008 12:46 PM

How ironic since I've been writing about cancer, too.

Enjoy the boys and girls of summer RP and welcome back.

Posted by: Jocelyn at April 24, 2008 01:06 PM

Was just thinking of checking up on you, chum.

Terrible story - they say there is no grief worse than losing a child and I pray God I never have to find that out for myself.

Hope you had a good day out at the diamond.

Posted by: Robbo the Llama Butcher at April 24, 2008 04:55 PM

Ah there is the benefit of having you on my RSS list.
Enjoy the sunshine and your boy.

Posted by: Mia at April 24, 2008 06:09 PM

Sad...but welcome back RP

Posted by: Holly at April 25, 2008 10:39 AM

So glad you're back! I enjoy your writing tremendously.

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