This morning I thought my death might be imminent. I hadn’t finished my first cup of coffee yet when the carbon monoxide alarm started beeping. I called my husband at work. He didn’t seem too worried, and said he’d come home at lunch. “If I’m dead by the time you get here, you’ll know why,” I told him.
I poured another cup of coffee and turned to the internet. Then I called my husband back and told him, never mind. By then, we’d both figured out that the intermittent beeping meant that the device itself was dying (not me!). So I ordered a new alarm.
There is nothing that lifts your day so quickly as to think you might be close to death one minute, and discover in the next that, nope. Not today.
And nothing says juxtaposition like the stones that mark a passing as they stand in witness to the life that carries on.
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