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Seasons of grief
- By Bill Williams, Guest Contributor
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Bill–I remember you from 1963-4-5-6 practicing kicking soccer balls into the nets on Macedonia Field, over and over with the sun long set over the heights of Mt. Algo and on the playing field on many brisk fall afternoons. Clearly, soccer was as much of a love for you back then as it has remained for fifty years since. December is a month when there are empty chairs in my family’s house. As with you, our family’s calendar has been forever altered, and I hope now that the ache has gone, to always remember the days my parents died. Unlike yours, the memories that we mark were less tragic, relating to age not overdosing. I particularly appreciate the RWAnderson observation that “Death ends a life, but it does not end a relationship…” It is such a great thing that you have enlarged your personal tragedy to help many others never have them. The contrast between those late fall afternoons, my recollection of you netting soccer balls at Kent School, and your unembroidered description of Will’s premature sunset is vivid, bittersweet and impactful.
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