If a theme has emerged from these months of my reflecting unhindered, perhaps I have captured it there. When we view them from the future, our circumstances look different from how they appeared in their present. Steve, an invasive and threatening madman, looks after 25 years like a sad little boy. Roland, a rock-guitar rebel whose gifts I admired, is revealed as a marketing middle-manager on a pre-family fling. Bob Cottleman, daunting and driven, was lost even then. And Patience Moore, forthright and wholehearted, owning defiantly her high-school nickname, Pash, is exposed as concealing and delicate – if no less forbearing.
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