By far, the great majority of folks we've shared our grief with have been wonderfully supportive from the beginning.
On the other hand, although I can't say we've yet encountered anyone who would come right out and call it "sin," surely a few have made us feel it is "unspiritual" to continue to grieve at our current level.
Often, it seems, such folks tend to hang on to their own assumptions, and may be the last ones who would pause to read a post such as this.
Nova Massie's James Dean leather jacket was, without doubt, my favorite of all our wedding presents.
One problem: it was a present to Nova Massie, not me! And, as such, it was tailor made to FIT a taller, leaner Indonesian, not me.
I was slender enough back then (just barely; even though at about 130 pounds, Nova called me his "fat American friend"), but the sleeves were WAY too long! They extended to the tips of my fingernails, and beyond!
But I LOVED that leather jacket,
(A TRUE story, in the grand tradition of "The Wedding Dress," and "The Sword in the Stone.") It was the most beautiful leather; perfectly James Dean-esque. (Alternately, it tended to remind me of Ray Verzi, the coolest of the cool, toughest of the tough, tight-jeaned, leather-jacketed rebels without a cause at Thurston H.S.)
It was a high-gloss jet-black, fur-lined, taper-fitted, must-have-been-a-beautiful beast leather, that still retained that amazing new leather smell rig
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