Saturday, 1 October 2011
A BUSMAN'S HOLIDAY FROM CANCER
Truth was, it was a beautiful day – just warm enough, sunny, with a mild breeze.
A perfect day to stroll and, just for a few hours, stop thinking about cancer and pretend a return to normal life.
I window shopped in expensive stores admiring things I couldn’t afford – outrageous purple shoes with five inch heels, $600 boots, $300 lingerie.
I bought a hot dog with sauerkraut & Dijon mustard and sat on the stone wall by the library to eat it and share bits of bread with the pigeons and starlings. I love starlings…their flashes of green, their patterned feathers…and how they can swoop up to catch a tiny piece of bread in midair.
I browsed at the library and took out three books – The Staircase Letters: An Extraordinary Friendship at the End of Life, My Invented Country by Isabel Allende, Yeshua:The Gospel of St. Thomas, a novel about Jesus through the eyes of St. Thomas the Doubter.
I sauntered along Argyle street, one of the funkiest streets in town and people watched. I visited my former coworkers. I bought a brownie with icing and a pair of jeans.
All that time, I was just part of the crowd…just one more ordinary person enjoying a beautiful fall day. And when I got home, I called Wendy so she’d know I was safe – but other than that, gave the phone the night off.
It’s been 17 days now. Seventeen days of all-cancer, all-the-time. Appointments, tests, research, paperwork, phone calls…. I’m tired of it, so tired of talking about it and it isn’t about to end anytime soon.
But I had this one afternoon. Me and the starlings sharing bread. Me and the breeze and blue sky – no past and no future. It was glorious.