The summer I had longed for in my first "Watermelon" poem
did come and I was ecstatic. I finished treatments in the middle
of July , and Jennifer and I headed for our mountain condo in
the cool Blue Ridge mountains surrounding Blowing Rock, NC. Our
condominium is located in a resort called Chetola, an old Indian
word for "haven of rest." That is truly what our getaway to the
mountains had always been. Those three-and a half weeks were to
be the summer I had longed for, in both a real and metaphorical
sense. The idyllic time lulled me into a false sense of
security and well being. Looking back, I wonder, "why did I not
consider the "downside" of the statistics? I have answered
myself in two ways--first , there was no reason to suspect I
wouldn't be one of the lucky ones and, second, it would have
spoiled the last really blissfully carefree, peaceful period of
As far as I knew, I was well and this was to be a
continuation of wonderful summers of the past and a prelude to
many that would stretch ahead. We hiked, picnicked, ate, read,
relaxed, attended summer theater shows, and entertained some of
our favorite out-of-town guests. My best friend and cousin by
marriage, Wendy Goldman, and her daughter, Ginger, visited from
Dallas. And our old friends, Diane and Paul Mendelson, came from
Memphis on a weekend when Alan was there. Alan came when he
could and stayed a whole week at the end.
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