Regular readers know that the Idiosyncratist can blather on pretty regularly on just about any topic. That said, I generally avoid posting about personal matters.
Sometimes life intervenes, however.
Last month, I learned that a dear friend was in declining health. She had seemed to triumph over a serious cancer five years ago and then, two years later, a recurrence. She was a strong woman, never complaining, who largely kept such matters to herself.
After Christmas -- only after Christmas -- did she reveal that the rest of her life was measured in days, not weeks or months or years.
On December 31, surrounded by family, she died.
She was a great friend and an estimable woman, far better than me. She lived in grace. She left the world better than she found it.
I am grieving.