CIRCLE THE LETTER “S”


I fill out forms all the time and they require one to reveal much personal information. One’s marital status is one such bit of information that is often asked for. Sixty five years ago, I had to adjust from “s” to “m’; two months ago I had to start the adjustment from “m” back to “s”. It is absolutely amazing to me how much such a simple act of penmanship – “circle one: S M” – can effect my mental state so powerfully, but it does! I have filled out many such forms in my eighty four years and up until two months ago was accomplished almost automatically. Now, when I reach the “s’ or “m” part, I go into my usual (now) tailspin of remembering some detail of our marriage life. Believe me, it is a bittersweet experience for me. I want with all my heart to remember every thing I can about Patty, but in so doing, I fall into the mental tailspin I so fear.   That is why I call the experience bittersweet.

 

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