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World AIDS Day

I hesitated and debated about making this a public post, but decided to do so after reading Terrance's thoughts.

I'll simply state that I'll be lighting a candle tonight in memory of Charlie, Bobby, and so many others. I never defined you by your disease, but I light a small fire in acknowledgement of that which took you from us, and in recognition of the responsibility we bear to continue vigilance.

And I'll light it because I still miss you and think of you so very often.

I can't swap cooking and restaurant adventures with you anymore; I can't hear your sunny-side up laughter, and it hurts. Wish you'd gotten to meet my husband, and come to our wedding. Just wish we had you back.

I'm glad Mom and Dad got some closure when they went to San Francisco for their visit. Maybe I will, when I have the opportunity to do so.


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Dec. 2nd, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC)
I really don't know what to say, but I'm glad you made this post public.
That you lost someone from this disease, a brother it sounds, just... makes me want to hug you.

I'm sorry. I wish no one lost anyone to this.

Dec. 2nd, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your kindness and your courage in posting; it means a lot. I understand when people don't: so many are uncomfortable about death, and don't know what to say, so it's even more special when someone is brave enough to take initiative.

Charlie was my uncle, and very, very close to my Dad -- he just always knew how to laugh at things; he never got to meet my David. Bobby was a good friend of mine -- a trusted playmate on movies, great dining, travel . . . he was someone who had left Birmingham, Alabama, came to Atlanta, and really made something of himself. He was intelligent and proud -- I was always kind of honored to be his friend, actually, and I miss "the Princess" and his convertible terribly.

Again, thank you so much for reaching out. *hugs back*
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