Good enough for long enough
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.
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.