Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cape Cod View

From a landlocked country to an open sea view — and, more importantly, fresh sea air after a week of being in a place where 99.9% of the people around you are chain smokers.

I’m headed to the Cape today. On today’s agenda is The National Marine Life Rescue Center, hopefully checking into a hotel in Sandwich, and buying some fabric in Hyannis. I’m sure I’ll stop at the bookstores while I’m there.

And then, a no doubt early dinner at the Beehive Tavern, since I’m still ridiculously jet lagged.

I miss my father’s best friend, a history and linguistics professor who taught for decades at McGill University in Montreal. He was my father’s best man at my parents’ wedding in Montreal in 1952, and he and my father used to go out drinking. He spoke 7 or 8 languages, and had a wonderful personality, Even as a small child, I adored him, and he always was generous and humorous with me. I remember almost everything he told me, so I can only imagine how great he was with his students.

He was from Yugoslavia, and had fought in the Resistance. He was very politically aware and adept, and had a large circle of European ex-pat friends around him in Montreal.

He would have been a wonderful resource, both before the trip and after, helping process it.

I always thought he died of cancer. I was stunned when my mom corrected me– he committed suicide, slitting his wrists in the tub one day while his wife was at the market.

A bit of a shock.


Published in: on September 24, 2009 at 1:08 am  Comments (3)  
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  1. Wow. That IS shocking. What demons may have been haunting him, I wonder. Sorry to hear it, Devon.

    Enjoy the Cape. Enjoy a stunning day! Here, the weather will be calm, the skies sunny. Hope the same for you!

  2. That’s awful. I’m sorry to hear it. Sometimes it sucks when we get old enough to hear the truth about things. I think the lie is almost better. The truth can hurt.

    Enjoy the Cape! Get some rest!

  3. Some people are more adept at hiding their inner problems than others. How sad a vibrant and interesting person in your life left in such a manner. Enjoy your time near the sea!

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