So Very Common, So Very Sad

So Very Common, So Very Sad
Illustration by Alessandro Gottardo

Not long after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer my father made me promise him before both our wives not to sell the cache of guns I would soon inherit from him. “At least not immediately,” he said. “They’re an investment,” he said. He said one day, just maybe, I might regret not having an arsenal with which to defend myself. I don’t know if those were the exact words he said and I’m sure they were interrupted by the waiter coming to take our order, but that was the gist of it.

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