And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall make your path straight.

- Proverbs 3:5-6

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A letter to Howard from a friend

Hey Howard,

Great to hear from you. I think the last time we spoke was in Miami - I know we've both done a lot of living since then. I can't remember the last time I had a good cigar, but, whenever I do, I think fondly of you.

I knew that your wife was fighting cancer so, from one cancer husband to another, you have my sympathies. It's a hard slog and I wish you and your wife the best in dealing with it. It's very hard and very real. Thankfully, Elizabeth is also improving, although each checkup scan could always make things go horribly wrong (again). Through this, I've learned to be much more present than I ever was and I'm sure the experience has had a similar effect on you. Few things are as effective as the word "cancer" to remind you of how short your stay is on this little planet and that, perhaps, one should go about enjoying every last minute of it before being flung off.

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