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  • Sometimes you have to wonder why you hear the things you do.
    While I was flying back to work after the holidays, I overheard this from the conversation behind me:

    "My niece,
    she doesn't want to let go.
    She's on the machine
    and it's breathing for her.

    But there's nothing I can do.
    Except say my prayers
    and be peaceful."

    This holiday was especially emotional for me, as I revisited the grief from my uncle's passing a few years ago.
    He had cancer but none of us knew how serious it was. And I never saw him conscious after our last phone call, arranging the time for me to visit his Seattle home. When I did visit him, it ended up being in the hospital. And within hours we took him off "the machine". I'd never heard it called that before, but it says so much.

    Before we let my uncle pass, it was my first time seeing someone kept alive by a mechanical apparatus. It was foreign to me. But, apparently not to this woman. When you get older, maybe death is familiar, and all the science in between this world and the next is just trivial doohickies.

    And, as a "niece" myself, I took her statement to heart. While it's more than just time, life is short. You only get so long before you have to let go. How long would I hold on? Is my time before my aunt's?

    We landed at LAX.
    Then I got off the plane and went to a work meeting.
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