sound of silence


I drove into Terlingua yesterday for the first time since the events of the weekend. I needed water, cream, lamp oil, gas, and a shower. Luckily, I ran into no one who seemed to know anything of the drama.

Not so at home. I have been receiving a steady stream of well-wishes and inquiries through comments, emails, and phone calls, which I really appreciate but wish were unnecessary.

Understandably, this has been a very tough week for me. I know that things will get better, but right now I’m physically hurt, exhausted, and experiencing profound disappointment.

Significantly, the one person that I wish I had heard from has been silent. Not a word of apology nor any indication of either shame or growing resentment… only speculation interspersed with relief at being alone again.


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4 Responses to “sound of silence”

  1. 1 matt
    June 17, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Yes, it does, but sadly, I’m not sure if I’m surprised. I hope he does better communicating with his wife.

  2. 2 Frank Manning
    June 17, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    “Fools, ” said I, “you do not know
    Silence like a cancer grows
    Hear my words that I might teach you
    Take my arms that I might reach you.”
    But my words like silent raindrops fell
    And echoed in the wells of silence

  3. 3 Bob
    June 18, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Your mission is a good one. There will be setbacks, or maybe dead ends, but support while incarcerated is still a vital help. Maybe support afterwards is too difficult a task. Lucky are those who have support from sections of their family. I have a copy of a checklist of 49 things that people can do to support former foster kids when they age out, and it must be much harder when it is release from incarceration not just ending of foster care. The 49 things are very practical, like offering a space to store boxes in the college breaks.

    I think it may be very hard for someone who is angry, at just or unjust, fair or unfair imprisonment, to regard anyone as not somehow reflecting the perceived harm done by society on them. I don’t excuse it, but I could understand it. I might also keep away from it, and it’s great credit on you Dan that you were prepared to see a different path and try to make it happen.

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