People call. The people who call ask me how I’m doing, if I’m still operative. They say, “We just want you to know we’re thinking of you,” and “Let us know if there’s anything we can do.” They’re amazed by how well I’m doing. They say, “If it were us, we don’t know how we’d make it,” and then they shake their heads. I can’t see them shaking their heads but I can tell, hear the motion of their heads shaking against the receiver.
Originally published March 2, 2015 in Storm Cellar Quarterly, Volume 4, Number 2.