"You don't have to tell everyone everything." Did she actually think I needed that advice? It was offered up a year into her sobriety, a window of time that lasted a handful of years and brought her great clarity and a propensity for reflection. There were apologies, questions, and long pauses of pensive thought. And there was love, always love.
I asked someone I love what he wants to be remembered for. Perhaps my query was as off-center as my mother's unsolicited advice. I admit it seemed to come out of my mouth rather reflexively, but the beauty of the night had me wondering. I was expecting "kindness" or "dedication", but then, no; he's a humble sort and firmly rooted in self-deprecating humor.
"He wore comfortable shoes. And thought that Arnold (Shwarzenegger) was the greatest actor of his generation."
Yes, it's true; all of it. I don't have to tell everyone everything, but some things are too good to keep to oneself.