I did sleep in some this morning - the dog and I slept much better last night. Today I got to be domestic all day. I cleaned the kitchen, scrubbed the stove and the sink, cleaned the bathrooms, dusted, and changed the curtains/pillows/etc. for fall. Then I relaxed a bit in front of a Burn Notice marathon and kintted half of a sock.
So here is your announcement: It is officially fall. The temperature tonight is going down to 38, the trees are starting to turn, and - most important - I set out on the table today that big wooden candy corn that I got for you a few years ago when Irene and I went shopping in Columbus. It's the only candy corn that I've ever liked, and was such a good joke between the two of us.
We had so many jokes, after knowing each other for 37 years. I keep thinking of things to say - half of the joke - and stop myself, since there's nobody here anymore that knows the other half. Sometimes it makes me sad, and sometime it makes me laugh. It makes me sad on the days that I'm feeling like you're gone, and I laugh on the days when I'm aware just how close you are. I knew that when I was a child - I read Hebrews, and decided that all the people who are in Christ are together. It wasn't sophisticated theology, but more of a gut awareness. The cloud of witnesses has always been very real to me.
So today I put out your wooden candy corn, and knew it made you smile. I know you love me and care about me, that you pray for me and watch over me, and that you're waiting for me. I love you with all my heart, and I have no treasure here on earth.