JOHN HENRY BLATTER
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Our lives are shaped by memories, memories filled with noteworthy moments—fleeting occurrences of tenor in which sound gently fades to silence, your surroundings drift to the periphery of vision and at that instance, time cease to exist.

Several years ago on a cold day in January, while I was freshening up the guest bedroom with a new coat of paint, I received the phone call I will never forget: ‘Your father has taken a turn for the worst and you need to come home now.’ While I knew that the call was inevitable, as my father had been fighting cancer for almost two years, I would never have been prepared for it until that moment. As I sat on the floor in the middle of the room realizing that his struggle was about to come to an end. He was moving on to a better place and I was comforted by all the memories of the years we had spent together.

Two years later, Sarah and I were hiking through the rainforest on our way to the ocean in the Pacific Northwest. After finally reaching the water, we found ourselves sitting on one of the giant rocks to rest and take in the view. As the salty breeze caressed our skin and the gentle waves tumbled the well worn stones on the tiny beach, the world faded away into a feeling of euphoria—a feeling that things were the way they should be.

Whether such moments are caused by tragedy, by some wonderful life-changing news, or simply by noticing beauty in the everyday, it is in these moments that we feel the most singular; yet these moments bind me to you. In these singular instances, we all share fleeting emotional attachments, and recognize our capacity for empathy.


 
 
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© Copyright 1996-2016 John Henry Blatter
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