Sunday, June 27, 2010

Overwalked for the cure

She shivered and retched in the medical tent, in terrible pain with a hip flexor pull.

“How far DID you walk today?”

“Nineteen miles…for my sister.”

“How much did you train?

“Well, I’m not generally a walker.”

I didn’t know whether to praise or to scold, but I was smiling too much to do both.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

She's come undone, Part II

The coroner called today; Kim found down at home, dead for days, maybe more.

I saw her last two weeks ago. She was holding court in our waiting room, surrounded by a laughing group of ex-strangers, all sharing the pleasure of her story.

But then no one noticed she was gone for days, maybe more.