Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Aaliyah's Yahrzeit

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A Series of Losses

Yesterday, my mom learned of the death of one of her closest friends. It's Aaliyah's eight-year death anniversary today, which reminds me of a friend who also loved her; my friend lost her baby of blessed memory almost year ago. Tonight, Pat's new Palm 3 cell-phone cracked and broke. Last night, I dreamt that I had to let out a feral cat who got into the house, but didn't want to. Tomorrow, I'm seeing my otosclerosis doctor for the last time; he's retiring at the end of the month. I wonder if Dr. Darius Kohan will be half as appealing a specialist. I wish that my doctor's retirement meant that I was cured of otosclerosis and could stop treatment.

A Series of Gains

A new Shakira tune, "She Wolf," comes on the radio before they announce Aaliyah's deathday and it is almost as fun as Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" hit. Another gain: I can hear still, rather than being deaf, which could have happened by now with otosclerosis...and still can, but it hasn't yet, thank God. On the way home, I get to speak with Max, one of our nearly 11-year-old nephews; they turn 11 on Friday, gaining age. And now, I hope to gain some sleep.

"Back and Forth." Loss and Gain.

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