Once again, I find myself in a café. This doesn’t happen often enough for me. But here,
at the wonderful le Croissant Bakery, indulging not only in the quiet of my private thoughts, not only in my delectable chocolate croissant with coffee, but also in the ambiance.
Here, there is this completely lovely group of white-headeds, maybe ten of them at a table, sharing the treasured community of each other. None of them walk completely upright. One is wearing his oxygen tubing with tank in tow. The ladies are coiffed irregardless of their folding skin and thin hair.
so blessed to be in their community, testifying to me that aging doesn’t have to be done alone.
sure, 100% sure, that none of them are aging as they dreamed. Each of them have outlived many loved ones and the ground they walk on has changed many many times. They have, each of them, learned to walk again after suffering the type of loss that put’s any of us in bed.
blessed. This collection of café moments they have together does not account for these losses. This does not resolve their ongoing conflicts or pain.
But none of them,
100% sure, did not let those things keep them from having this moment together today.
All this sureness without having checked my notes with them? Yes.