There were many, many things that we could have worried about or gotten upset over or caught up in at that moment, but we didn't. We simply enjoyed each other. He has always had the ability to make me believe that everything is going to be okay even when it isn't; and I have always hoped our relationship would have the same comforting effect on him. Everyone deserves a person with whom they can feel calm during the storm. For eight years, we have been that person to each other (#103). And he seemed to remember that when he called repeatedly after I left to tell me that he enjoyed our time together and wanted to make sure that resonated with me. I was elated.
But yesterday he called to tell me that he got an urgent message from his sister and was headed home to be with his mother. She's not doing well, and she may not have much time left. I'm so sad to hear this that I can't explain. I can't imagine how broken his heart is or how much grief he and his siblings are experiencing. But I'm glad that he's allowing me to be there for him (#104) and that we don't have to worry about our relationship during this painful experience (#105). We love each other, and now we can be there for each other again. I think that proves that we're all humbled by the bigger issues at hand here.