Turn off all the lights before you go to bed.
"I trained myself a long time ago not to fall asleep while reading." Care to share your training?
Good thoughts about one's nearing death. It's been on my mind a lot lately too, of being greeted by my father and uncle, two men with whom I had a good relationship. Other relatives ... please stay away. Until then, though, there are memories to share and youngsters to spoil and hopefully inspire with I love or whatever gives me a buzz. It isn't worth passing on to someone unless it gives you a buzz, right?
well I sure hope your dad isn't right that nothing interesting happens after 80, if so I better get going with just five years left!!! great work, as always. but boy, you are cutting to the core in these family pieces, damon. why does a burning ember come to mind?
Such a wry, beautiful, poignant piece! The love of quirky family stays in our marrow forever.
Im intrigued by any exploration of the relationship between father and son. Thanks for your story. My dad died on Christmas Day 2021. He still occasionally appears in my dreams, mostly to quietly scold me for my fuck ups