Two weeks ago, just before I left for Victoria, we went to the hospital to visit Yang Shifu, recovering from open heart surgery - a quadruple bypass at the age of 80. Slightly delirious from the drugs, he still managed to give us a lesson in theory. He said he had been using his time in hospital "researching 24-7".
I held his hand which was cold.
He joked that it was usually the other way around - my hands cold and his hands warm with qi, sending me energy. This time, my hands were warm. He held on, stroking them, accepting energy from me.
I rubbed his cold swollen feet on my lap and remembered him rubbing my aching ankle on his lap a few months ago.
Love given, love received, love moving in a circle.