Friday, January 20, 2006
Trust and A Lesson Learned
These three people trust me completely. If I say, "We're going rafting down the Nolichucky River's class 4 rapids." or "Don't worry about that gator" or " There's a small shark swimming by on the port side of the boat, y'all swim on the starboard side", they know it's okay.
I let them down this week. I thought I was protecting them as usual, but instead I caused them some anguish. I kept them in the dark about my little visit to the dermatologist last week instead of honestly sharing information. They knew I was going and wanted to know why. "Don't worry, just a little sun damage, just remember this when I say use your sunblock."
On Monday, I got a phone call at work. The "C" word. Basal Cell Carcinoma. Come in Friday for surgery on your back. A little distracting, but this is a common and highly curable problem. Still, it is the "C" word and I didn't want to scare anybody so I just didn't explain or even mention where I was going on Friday morning. I am the stupid silent type sometimes.
Of course the knuckleheads found out.
So, last night, pre-surgery there was some teary concern.
From now on, I will protect them from beasts and bad guys, but not from the truth.
Posted by R.Powers at 5:19 PM