For my father. Thank you for always believing in me.
He stands up against the bar, his glass of scotch & ice lifted to his lips
His other hand holds a pipe, just like the one his grandfather smoked
The smell of scotch & tobacco is heavy in the air
A warm breeze blows through the open door, it lightly ruffles his wavy short black hair
He can hear his son & daughter playing by the pond, always happy to be together
They are his pride & joy, a strapping brown haired boy, smart & inquisitive by nature
His daughter is a bubbly blonde, always chatting & smiling, he knows people are fooled by this, they do not expect her to be so intelligent & witty
They are both well spoken, both well versed on all he has taught them
As his mind is drifting he can sense a familiar presence, one that brings him peace & calm
He looks across the bar to see a beautiful blonde, self assured, a little smile on her face
Her blue eyes are twinkling, he can see she is well dressed
As he looks at her, he still can’t believe, this beautiful woman in front choose to make a life with him
Their shared history is passed between them without a word spoken, they both can tell what each other is thinking with just a glance
His beautiful wife let’s him know it’s almost time for the kids to go to bed, he nods in acknowledgment, not looking away
As she walks off he gets lost in his thoughts, his mind never stops
He knows he has a gift, he knows his way of thinking is unique, but he can feel that this will do him well in his life
As an older man he stands against a different bar, more of a short wall, facing the sea
The smell of the sea fills his senses, the sound of the waves crashing is what he concentrates on
He knows that his time is short, he knows that the sun won’t rise for him much longer
His beautiful wife come to stand beside him, lovingly wrapping a blanket around him & helps him to the bed
As he lies down he thinks back of all he has achieved, his work was a huge success, he knows he has left a mark for another to take on.
He knows this will take time, there are not many who are so intelligent & dignified in all they do
Not only as a thinker, but also as the last of the old gentleman left, a true gentleman through & through
His children all grown up, now with children of their own, he thinks of how amazed he is to watch his children be capable & loving parents, he never doubted they would, he knew they doubted themselves
He could not be prouder of all they have achieved, challenges they have faced, all the trauma they have conquered, in this he especially thinks of his blonde daughter & granddaughter, of the loss & grief they have suffered of their lives torn apart
He knows he has done all he can, he knows he has fought hard, he knows he has taught them well, he knows he has shown them everything he could, he knows it is time to say goodbye
His ever loving wife wraps her arms around him, bringing the peace he needs.
The peace he needs to let go, to leave his ailing body behind, to leave the pain & suffering, to finally be at peace.