Archive for July 12, 2011

Anniversaries of life and death

Humans spot patterns even when there are none.  It’s part of what we do to make sense of our world.  It helps us to feel order.

A few years ago, it seemed like every time I went on annual leave I’d come back to find another member of our team had taken a new job.  Now it’s measured in time since the stroke.

Exactly three months (to the very day) later, I went back to work; exactly six months (to the very day) later, I left said job permanently; and today, exactly nine months on, my boss left my old work too, and a dear person in my circle of friends has died, many decades too soon for my friends to bear.

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