I rest in peace

I rest in peace

J. Javid
The Iranian
June 1997

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, SIXTEEN messages in the Times obituaries. One from Helen and Irwin: "Grossman - Patricia. A special person and a warm and caring friend. We will miss you." That's sweet. And from Sandy and Bud Kahn: "We record with great sorrow the untimely passing of a great lady, wife and mother..." Even a boxed condolence message from Claire and Seymour. But nothing from you.

That's okay. I know. You didn't want to upset Mary and the kids. I understand. I did want to see you, though. To touch you one last time. I told the nurse to call you at your office and leave a message. You didn't come. That's perfectly all right. And I'm not bitter for not getting a single card from you in all these years. Not for my birthday; not for Christmas; not for Valentine's Day. I understand.

When I saw you standing in the corner, alone, with everyone else at the funeral, it meant the world to me. I reset in peace, Tom. I rest in peace.


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