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Saturday found me attending a memorial reception for a friend. On the… 
22nd-Nov-2010 01:47 pm
Saturday found me attending a memorial reception for a friend.
On the drive out I sang loudly to all the MP3s my car delivered.

(I'll have to make that drive again, explore the grounds when there is light and time.)

I was one of the very few attendees who was only a friend, and not family as well.

When I left, about 8pm, rather earlier than most, I stood for a while in the parking lot and let my senses wander:

The chill night air on my cheeks.
Autumn dead-leaf smells and tastes.
Night-noises and cars on nearby streets.
The flag hanging limply in the lack-of-breeze. Only the brightest stars managing to penetrate the mists.

And I remembered my friend. Remembered him with more health and independence than he'd enjoyed in many a year.
Remembered the dinners we'd shared. Remembered him without the cigarettes that created an early distance between us.

I drove away in silence, no tunes, no news. Next stop: Visiting an ailing, middle-aged friend who is still alive.
22nd-Nov-2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry.

22nd-Nov-2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
22nd-Nov-2010 10:59 pm (UTC)

I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad you could remember him when things were well for him, as well as your friendship, as you were processing and just being one with the night.
23rd-Nov-2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you much.
23rd-Nov-2010 03:44 am (UTC)
Well said. Hugs to you.
23rd-Nov-2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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