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April 27, 2014

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Across The Street

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Living across the street is easy. I may not have everything I want, but I have everything I need.

To be able to say I have all I need is one of the greater gifts life has ever given me.

I recently experienced the passing of my neighbour across the street. He was a very kind elderly person whose decline was evident for a few months. It was the ending of his story, the ending of a life.

Prior to his death, I visited him at home. In fact I visited daily before his brief hospitalization.

Through this experience, I learned that life is gentle, cruel and fragile – but worth every breath.

“I feel like a baby” he said, when he saw me arrive. The very weak and sick man was wearing diapers.

“You are a good man” I said, as I gently touched his forehead. That was the last time I saw him. 

I have often heard people say that life is too short, but sometimes, life can also be too long. Personally, when my turn comes, I hope I leave this world before the diaper stage comes. A little bit of dignity is all I ask, a little bit of dignity.

We never know when the time will come, but for now, I will live my life the best I can.

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  1. joelle fourcroy
    Apr 28 2014

    La vie est fait de caps à passer. A nous de vivre ces moments au mieux . Chaque étape apporte son lot de bonheurs et de difficultés à traverser . La dignité est propre à chacun, l’important est d’arriver au bout du chemin la tête haute, sans regrets, sans remords. A quoi bon penser au pire car il n’est pas encore présent . Vivez.

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