Today we're linking with Tuesdays@Ten, hosted by Karen Beth. It's an invitation to write on a key word or phrase...and today's offering is...
Someday I will...
We're also linked with Messy Marriage's Wedded Wednesday.
You can run out of Somedays, far sooner than you ever thought you would.
When the cancer comes back, suddenly that trek in Nepal or rafting down the Colorado becomes something you might have done...someday.
But that's really small potatoes, compared to the joys of intimacies of daily life that suddenly come into the long shadow of death.
The things you'd planned with your spouse can so easily drift away into the mists of a future unrealized.
There are museums in Albuquerque that we'd planned to visit, and could have, until about eighteen months ago.
But now I can't ride any distance in a car without crippling pain. Getting there, yeah, I can do it, but I won't be any good except for going directly home.
But there are success stories. When we knew I was in trouble, and that things were not going to go well, Barbara suggested that we take the aerial tramway up to the Sandias, and walk around as I might be able. We'd been planning to go for a long time; but things kept getting in the way.
So one morning Barbara said, "We're going to do this, now!"
It was an odd feeling, knowing that this would be the first and the last time for this. But we went, and while it was tough going, it was worth it.
A good memory, and at the gift shop we spent more than we should have for a carved wooden mask. What it's supposed to represent, I don't know.
But for me, well, I call it The Someday That Came.
(As an audiovisual bonus, Mark McGrath and his band Sugar Ray covered this very well in their song and video Someday. Please give it a listen.)