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Good enough for long enough

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She and my mother were both out of bed and in wheelchairs Wednesday night, and I talked to my mother for a little while and then just sat with her, holding her hand.

I looked up for a minute, and the former factory worker, who was maybe four feet away, locked eyes with me.

"Did you miss me?" she said.

I'm a married man. I knew what to say.

"Of course, I missed you," I said. "I always miss you when I'm gone."

"I know," she said, and she smiled.

I recognized that smile. It's was the smile of a loved person, the smile of someone who has been told what they already know but never get tired of hearing.

"I think I was her husband for a minute," I told my wife when I got home. "Maybe he traveled for his job. Maybe he was in the Navy."

Maybe one of the homeless took a scarf and kept it, and maybe it helped keep her warm at night.

Maybe the woman in the nursing home felt her husband's love for just a second.

Sometimes, if it's good enough, it's long enough.

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To find out more about Marc Munroe Dion and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com. Dion's latest book, "The Land of Trumpin," is a collection of his columns written before, during, and after the 2017 election. IT is available in paperback from Amazon.com, and from Nook, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay.

 

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