I watch him carefully, this man whose company I keep, whose pain is my pain and whose journey is my journey.When his eyes well up, it’s almost too much for me to handle. This path we have been traveling, the curvy, the twisted, the completely-nonsense path that finally seemed to be arriving in a place with meaning, has taken another unexpected turn, leaving us once again staring directly at nothing, into the unknown. We have more baggage now- three small people and a house, two cars and too many books. The extra stuff doesn’t make the leap into the unknown less scary. The extra small people make it even scarier.
But we’re together.
And when we stand, shoulder to shoulder, prepared to square off against whatever we meet in the valley we’re about to throw ourselves into, we are stronger than we think. There are two of us, and the ways in which we irritate each other are also the ways in which we complement each other’s weaknesses. We will make it. “We always land on our feet,” he says…and so, hand in hand, we prepare to jump.
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