Tuesday, October 9, 2012

old men

I talked to the wise old man in my life today after a hiatus of close to a year, a hiatus caused by a surgery he had to have, a reminder of our mortality.
We talked about the old men in my life. There have been many.
Of course, the first old man in my life was my grandfather, Andrew Lee Eng Kong. I was reminded that he had been not just my grandfather, but my mother and father also. 
And when he died - I was 12 - I lost the one person in the entire universe I had felt safe with. 
Today,  for the first time in my life, I spoke about what that all might mean.

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