It's been almost four years since you fell sick and passed. So much has changed since then, including me.
Sometimes I look in the mirror and startle because I think I see you. Something in the eyes, the lips that aren't quite certain but curl into a polite smile anyway, because it's what we've been taught.
When you were my age you already had three children. I have just one, but she is everything (and more than enough).
Fist bump over hand shake.
Saying "no" and walking away and standing up, even when it feels uncomfortable or seems unthinkable, impossible.
There have been a few.
We've lost a few matches in life, as well as a friend or two.
Leukemia, S. pneumoniae, HIV, all of them awful.
But life is suffering, and the big picture is this: life goes on.
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