Two weeks later we rejoiced when Len beat the odds. His door was open and we set a new date for the guitar presentation.
Looking back, we were taking a chance by waiting to formally "present" Len the guitar. His health was precarious. Should we have dispensed with the celebration?
7/14/2016 08:09:22 am
Ritual is such an important - and even necessary - part of life that to wait for Len's health to improve in order to conduct such a meaningful act was a risk probably worth taking. It also allowed him a greater chance of enjoying the gift more fully. Some might say that giving him the guitar earlier might have boosted his desire/will to recover, and shortened the recovery time, and would therefore have been preferable; but in this instance I believe otherwise.
7/14/2016 11:05:23 am
I like the idea of ritual. I guess that such practices were either non- existent or scarce in Len's life on the road.thanks for insight. R
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