Tonight, after phoning the few relatives I have left, and a couple of people I know locally, just to talk, and getting no response from any of them, I sent emails to two old friends, one in upstate New York and the other in Australia, both fellow widowers — to wit:
I must be dead, I have lost all contact with the living, even the lawn guy who lives three miles away.
To which the guy in upstate New York promptly replied:
Not so long as I’m doing research for you — The actress whose name we couldn’t remember last time we talked — about pretty women — is Kelli Giddish, Law and Order SVU. Lips to die for.
The email ended with a P.S. — You have a “lawn guy”??? wtf.
Which immediately triggered those ‘feel-good’ chemicals in my body, the good old endorphins, bringing forth a hearty laugh from my miserable soul.
I emailed back: Bless you, brother, and thank you for much needed contact with a friend — this loneliness is a capricious son of a bitch.
And then — embarrassment of riches — the friend in Australia who I’ve known since we spent a student summer mis-sorting mail in the post office, ‘rang up.’ That made my night.
Man, I tell ya, friends beat relatives every time.