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I'm so sorry for your loss, Nicolas. Thank you for writing this. It must have been hard but it's beautiful and true.

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And I'm happy to see it that way; beautiful and true. Thank you for your support

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I'm sorry to hear about your loss, Nicolas. You express the experience so beautifully—thinking of our loved ones as part of the "map" that makes up and guides us. Both of my parents are still alive, but I'm beginning to experience that awareness that they won't always be here. I want to be able to say that I, too, loved them the way they ought to be loved and to have no regrets. Thank you for reminding me of the preciousness of the time we have with our family members.

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Nicolás, beautiful and sad and true. May you have peace in your Mom's memory, and your mutual love. I love you, my friend.

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Those last paragraphs would have been different if I hadn't met you, Russell. Maybe I would have entered the room, but I wondered if I'd have had the courage to say something. You might have saved me from a lifelong regret, and I'll be forever grateful for that.

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