Hi there, come on in. Here, I’ll take that. No, don’t worry about getting anything wet … it’s not like it hasn’t rained, snowed, sleeted or cussed us out before, right? Believe me, this carpet has seen more of this mess than I want to think about! Just come in and get warm, that’s what’s important right now. I know, I know … but that’s why we’re together.
Wow. Did everybody bring food? Usually it’s the few that we depend on to feed us but tonight it looks like somebody - oh. I’m sorry. OK, right now we have a new rule that I just made up: nothing is over the limit, beyond the pale (whatever that is), tasteless or unspeakable. We say what we feel tonight and we say it out loud to everybody. What? Yeah, I know, but we’re not such a bad sort and we won’t deliberately hurt anyone. Will we? I just can’t help but wonder if he was here, wouldn’t he want us to speak up and out? Laugh and be silly? Hmm? Oh, you’re right, of course. He’d also be the first to offer open arms for the hug we all really need. Goodness gracious, I’m sad. I just am.
Talk to me. I’ll talk back, I promise. Let’s just not let this space become empty without the person who opened it … instead, let’s grow it for him. Because of him.