by Mark Chmiel
Thank you for leaving voice messages for me. You may say three or four sentences, but your voice is always calming to me. (I trust that your voice has that same beneficent effect on some of your patients.) That you leave word with me so regularly is touching, as I am fully aware that, as a resident, you have very limited time.
Earlier today (it’s gorgeous, sunny and 70), I was remembering that day we walked from your condo on Waterman to Forest Park and made our way around the Ralph Waldo Emerson Basin by Art Hill on a comparably beautiful day, as we discussed the “F” word (the future), literature (Kesey, Dostoevsky), and our own writing, which could use a friendly push from time to time. I miss those strolls!
I told Nima when all six of us gather in Chicago in late December, Joanie and I will have power over her kitchen as we prepare something delicious for you, Neil, Matt, and Nima in celebration of your wonderful lives of love and service.