Sunday, June 3, 2007

596 days, 4 hours, 35 minutes, 43 seconds

Some men go to church on Sunday mornings. Some volunteer at a hospital.

596 days, 12 hours, 32 minutes, 47 seconds

The indignity of diapers. The woman beside her, even at her most rational, screaming that she has to go to the bathroom. Her bones too fragile to let her risk getting out of bed. Nurses having to change her, like a baby. Her daughter trying to change her.

596 days, 13 hours, 17 minutes, 13 seconds

Stereotaxic. Stereo opticon. Who could have understood, when they bought that fanciful clock, how much meaning it would have. The slide made to look antique. The world in focus. And her husband, he's the one with the stereo equipment, the one who can tell when a level's slightly off, the one who listens. Their whole living room a comfort. She married him for...