Good Morning, God!
Thank You for Total Eclipses — and for the fact that, during one, the Moon exactly “covers” the Sun. I love such improbable details. And how better to appreciate one than to observe in person, as we did on July 22, 2009. It was the longest Total Eclipse of the century! — 6 minutes, 39 seconds. We were aboard a cruise ship in the Pacific, near Iwo Jima. It was my husband Kit’s 75th birthday.
Thank You, too, that my mother still marvels at the beauty of the miniature roses that I bring her. Size doesn’t matter when it comes to awe and appreciation.
I had a very different moment of “awe” yesterday. I had gone with two friends to visit a specialist at Queens Medical Center. The doctor’s sense of compassion was palpable. He asked my friend, the patient — let’s call him “G” — to tell the story of his cancer. I brought up a treatment request the patient had made to me earlier. Actually, I brought it up three times — as delicately as I could. “G” had “forgotten” to ask. The doctor said he would discuss it with people who could decide.
Then the doctor asked us again to “introduce” ourselves. When I told him my name he said, “You’re Kit’s wife!” And his face lit up! He knew Kit as a past fellow participant in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s marathon training program. So, Kit’s Good Name got linked with the request for “G’s” treatment.
A very small thing — but awesome. I rejoiced in it!
I suspect that rejoicing — like laughter — doeth good like a medicine!