A MESSAGE TO A MEMORY
In our lives, we all have someone who I call “the could have been….”
Last week, one of those “could have been” in my life died. I received a call from a nurse at the hospital letting me know that he had left me a message. What follows is an extract:
A message to a memory
I was too young and pretentious when I met you. Only time showed me the mistake I made. If I would have only stayed with you, I would have laughed more, eaten more gallo pinto (a Costa Rican food made of rice and beans) and dove in further places. But far more important, I would not have been in this bed today. You were faithful and loyal; I was not.
So many times I had the phone in my hands, but I did not have the power nor the humility to call you. Eleven simple digits would have changed my life.
In these past days, I would have given my fortune to have you by my side, supporting me, helping me go through this last bit of my life….
You could have been “the person of my life…” I chose to make you just a memory.
I know you have this ceremony you do, when you need support: you ask for comfort and support from your lost friends and ancestors. Please add my name to your list. I will look after you in spirit…
Good-bye, my “could have been”… Rest in peace.