Gray Christmas


gray day
leaving to walk in the rain
i stop the car to talk to her
how are you? she asks
OK i say
this weather is crazy she says
i agree but what can you do?
weather is a lot like the death of loved ones or the pain of those still living
this is the first Christmas she has felt like celebrating she says
it takes time to recover
i nod in understanding
happy holidays i say
she smiles
Merry Christmas she says
leaving i realize i am smiling too


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