What can YOU say in six sentences?
She sat on the bench pulling her cardigan closer to her body in an attempt to block out the slight breeze- despite the sunlight and 85 degree temperature. I watched, from a distance, for several minutes as she spoke softly to someone I couldn’t see but decided she was harmless and took the seat to her right: she looked up with coffee eyes and smiled when she stretched her hand out to me, patting mine as I hesitantly stuck mine out to meet hers. I was certain I had never met her, but there was something that seemed familiar in those eyes, and I could only smile back. “I knew you would be here today, and I just came to tell you that your family loves you very much: you have to learn to lean on them in the days to come;” she never let go of my hand as she spoke looking directly in my eyes, and she never said another word, but stood up and shuffled slowly down the sidewalk with the typical old lady gait as the bus slowed to a stop at its predetermined destination. The scene played over and over in my head on the bus ride back home from the doctor’s office as I tried to process the diagnosis-breast cancer. I could see her clearly patting my hand, the small y-shaped scar between her index and middle fingers on her right hand that looked exactly like mine.