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no doubt mr. Ehrmann

published: 2011-10-25

I met a man. His wife has cancer. I knew this but we weren’t friends so I never discussed it. One day, I told him about my divorce. It made him sad, the way his wife’s cancer makes me sad.

We became friends.

Soon, I find myself in the waiting room of the hospital. My friend’s wife is there too. “So you must have a lump?” she asks. Yes, but my lump is nowhere near as scary as your new lump, is what I want to say. She tells me that a biopsy doesn’t hurt.

It did a little. But that was okay, because I was thinking of her. She’s very strong.
In bath that evening some words came to mind. They are of a poem I love: “And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”
No doubt, Mr. Ehrmann, no doubt at all.

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