(not) not my dissertation

Wednesday, January 29, 2003


My amazing cousin, who first lost her mom, her daughter, then another daughter to cancer, was taken herself today.

She always looked delicate, so thin you'd swear a strong breeze would knock her over, but she was one of the strongest people I'd ever come across. A survivor. She, even at the height of her own illness, always asked after me and my health. A great lady.

I did not know her as well as I should have. Its hard not to be a collector of regrets like these as you get older.

This has been a true day of perspective.

"Where I am going I have never been before, and since I have no destination that I know, where I am going is always where I am. When I come to good resting places, I rest. I rest whether I am tired or not because the places are good. Each one is an arrival. I am where I have been going. While I rest, a piece of the world's work is continuing here without my help."
-Wendell Berry (The Journey's End)

posted by J at 11:51 PM


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