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  • I work a lot from home these days and I get a chance to stare out the window of my 70's craftsman home through my tree laden yard, and get to watch the senior citizens of my neighborhood walk around, and around, and around the block. Every day. Like clockwork they walk around, and around, and around the blocks in the neighborhood. Rain or shine. Hot or cold. Round and round they go.

    Lately, I've begun to think more and more about how I want it to end. Is that it? Walking around and around these same placid neighborhood streets over and over. And over again. The same vistas. The same people. The only things that change are the seasons and the clothing. Around and around they go. Happily walking their way into the ever after.

    Now, as I stare at my bed ridden mother writhing in pain after a massive bypass in one intensive care unit, and thinking about my dad who is in intensive care in another small hospital in the far out spaces of Texas and Oklahoma, I know that I don't want it to end this way. I know that they would prefer walking around and around neighborhood blocks to this incessant overload of chirps and beeps, the nurses banter and chatter, and the sobs and cries of families as they watch their loved ones die.

    How does it end? Who knows. If you give me a choice, from where I sit right now, I'll gladly take the walking around, and around, and around.
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