This week it will be a year since Hunter died. On October 1st he went into the hospital and October 5th he died.
I don’t want to commemorate his death. Why would I want to give any focus to the worst week of my life? That’s not how he wants to be remembered anyway. I’d rather focus on his life. His birthday. Our anniversary.
September 30th. This was the last real day Hunter had. A year ago tonight, sleep apnea would damage his brain and he wouldn’t recover. But let’s not think about that. Let’s focus on the day.
Most weekend afternoons after running kids all over town to different activities, Hunter would be in his office watching football, paying bills, reading. I would be running around the rest of the house, yelling at kids, making lists, pretending to get organized for the week ahead but really just procrastinating on social media. We’d catch glimpses of each other but no real connection. Until the weekly budget talk…which never ended well for me. Then we’d give each other a quick peck on the lips and I’d go upstairs for the night while Hunter binge watched some 20 part documentary on quantum physics. A typical day without a moment of true awareness of each other. Or what we mean to each other.
But last year was different. We went to the beer festival! We were out of our routine and out of the house. We held hands. We talked about life. We said I love you a lot. We kissed more.
What a blessing that on the very last real day of Hunter’s life, we were a couple. We loved. We connected. September 30th will always be a reminder to me that life is short and that daily connection is important.
I was lucky. Not everyone gets a beer festival on the last real day of their loved one’s life. If I hadn’t had it, then we more than likely would have had a typical weekend of passing each other in the kitchen. No hand holding. No kisses. No intentional connection.
So on this day, September 30th, and every day after, I want to encourage you to take a moment to connect with your person. An intentional connection. It doesn’t have to be an afternoon at the beer festival. It can be 15 minutes of coffee, or even 2 minutes of really seeing each other and saying I appreciate you.
I hope you can go for longer than that though.
And I hope you hold hands.