“124 was spiteful. Full of a baby’s venom.”
…first lines from Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer prize winning Beloved.
The inspiration from today’s story comes from a real life tragedy about Alicia Parlett, a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, who was only 28 when she died of cancer. I won’t go into all the details, (you can read about it here) but what struck me most about this was the fact that she quit treatment knowingly, and even though she knew she would soon die she had a commitment ceremony with her boyfriend, who gave her his mother’s wedding ring. Something about this stuck with me…not so much the dying, but the man’s choice to marry a woman, knowing he wouldn’t grow old with her.
Anyway, here’s the story.