Over the past month, I've really realized how much Walt and Bonnie have become a part of my daily life in the past year and a half. Walt is the typer of the two, letting Bonnie know what's going on with whom and posting entries from the both of them. They do so much together, having been married for about 37 years. It is rare to see a couple so companionable as they are, together, and for others.
They have become true friends to me. Walt was always present online, when I wanted to chat. We could be serious, and contemplative. We discussed and advised each other, counseled and shared thoughts. He and Bonnie are so very caring and kind.
We could be silly and witty and nonsensical. They would make me chuckle and I would keep them posted on the Furrbee Frolix. We have become closer and closer in so many ways that it seems odd to think that we have not met in-person, face-to-face.
Over the last few months, since the Holidays, we've exchanged cards and packages. They would send me treats for the Furrbees and tea for me. I would send them a variety of teas that I knew they couldn't get in their area.
About a month ago, Walt was absent from IM and eMail and posted no entries. Bonnie called me and told me that he'd had a heart attack and they were getting his diabetes under control a bit before they could do by-pass surgery. I've used the phone more this past month than I have for years.
See, it's hard for me to use the phone. It is much more comfortable for me to IM/eMail. My own parents and my guy and my friends know that I don't use the phone and they expect to leave voice-mail for me if they do call, because they know that I won't even hear the phone ring, let alone answer it. But Bonnie doesn't use the computer. Putting aside my own trepidation and phone-phobias, I've been speaking with her fairly often. It's the least I can do, because I wish we were closer, geographically; so that I could be there for them thru this.
Walt is dying. They've thought and talked this through and have decided that this route is best. So, hospice care has been providing as much comfort and kindness as possible. Walt is at peace within his mind and spirit. Should we all be so thoughtful when our times come.
Bonnie and Walt are so very near and dear to me in so many ways. It's hard to say good-bye for this time, to Walt. But I would rather know that his wishes and choices are being respected than to be selfish in my own wishes.
Go sweetly, Walt. Love you. Debra