Wednesday, August 6, 2008

almost there

my grandmother, for all intents and purposes, is giving in and giving up. she is no longer responsive, she has stopped taking food or water. it is only a matter of hours and days... they have started to give her morphine.

to paraphrase hamlet, this is a consummation devoutly to be wished.

outside the wind is picking up. a sudden rain sluices straight down, even while an errant wind whips the trees into a froth. the ghosts have gathered - i feel the presence of my great-grandparents, aunt babe and uncle tom, aunt katherine and uncle jack. betsey and johnny wave from the background. there are other faces, other presences whose names i do not know.

all year my grandmother has declared she doesn't want to be here - she wants to go home.

she is about to get her wish.

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