The Remains of the Day


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What a joy to finally have Laura’s things back (and some of mine). We parceled everything up in a rush last summer when we moved in together and jumbled up all our things.  They’ve been living in her brother Barry’s attic for the past year. Now, like an elephant who returns to nuzzle a loved ones remains, I’ve been taking time to just be with Laura’s things. Even the most mundane objects bring great pleasure. When I opened her tatty gym bag, I was engulfed in her warm sweet scent. I’ve been inhaling it in big gulps all day (that is when I am not dancing about hugging her favorite frock). And how I laughed when I opened her catering backpack to finds 8 bottle openers and enough Band-Aids to cover someone from head to toe. It feels like Christmas opening all of the boxes. Many of these things are dear old friends. They were part of our life together. To see them again comforts me greatly.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jamie says:

    I am glad you are finding comfort in these memories. Glad that you got the boxes back to relish your life together.


  2. Mary says:

    I recently discovered your blog on the Chopra meditation site. I just noticed that if you add an h on the end of Chopra, Oprah’s name is contained in Chopra’s name! A predestined partnership?

    I just wanted to let you know that I have been so moved by your and Laura’s journey. I went to the beginning and read your whole blog through these past few days. Wow, so beautiful and poignant. Thank you for sharing. I hope that your and Laura’s experience and sharing of it will help me when it comes time for me to travel a similar path. Thank you so much. Namaste’


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