Through the look in her eye you could see a lifetime that had passed. If you went a little deeper you could find the dreams of the future. But today was about the present. Just two people sitting across from each other talking but also listening in a different way to the words. It was time and this morning last nights words still sit echoing in my ears.
Hope is an awful thing to lose. You never want to take that away from any person, for any reason. Small wishes in large ways make us want to see the next sunrise.
For the past year I have done one simple thing, made sure the people around me know I appreciate their efforts. Not just my family, although some are doing it for their own selfish reasons, but even the person who walks me to the next test at the hospital. It’s a simple kindness that I feel they should hear.
Last night I found myself not being able to utter a single word. I didn’t know how to say what I felt without taking away from how she felt. The problem was she also knew.
A long time ago I once spat out in a hospital room how I felt about someone. A long winded profession of a short phrase. Nerves, maybe a little bit of someone else being slightly groggy from medicine, a stupid excited utterance.
This story she also knew.
So I sat and listened and tried to keep everything just beneath the surface. My eyes however were just as telling as hers. She needed to say something, needed to be heard differently than some text message or while in a room full of people.
It’s very difficult to have people around you when dealing with cancer. At least for me I still carry a very deep wound from the last set of people who just left without a word. That not anyone else’s fault but theirs. And it certainly isn’t something to be held against someone who sends a text message almost every night just to make sure I know if I want to talk they’re still awake.
Everyone comes with some drama. People who say they want a drama-less life usually had some closet door being propped closed to contain their scars.
For some reason drama doesn’t bother her. She’s not seeking it out unless in book or movie form, but her life has also been hard in its own way.
So this morning I sit wondering if I said the right things. Looked the right way at her.
I couldn’t say back the same things she had said, not for lack of feelings but I’m just trying so hard to close a life without it hurting more people than it will.
When you take away hope, you take away life in every form. That’s worse than anything. I had it done to me, I won’t allow it to happen to another.
And I know she knows that.