I was visiting yesterday when she told me someone had just given her new business cards. Really? My mind went to the book, Final Journeys, I just read in which the author explored the importance of denial and how, as a hospice professional, she is reluctant to remove this crutch from folks. But really? New business cards? My friend has two or three, maybe four, weeks to live. And then she showed me the card. Simple and white with the delicate image of a bamboo leaf and three words.
My friend was by now exhausted and it was time for me to leave. Our visits are never long enough. As she stood to hug me our eyes met, filled with tears. This moment. This merging of souls. This breath. This touch. Right here and right now. It is all we have. And it is enough.