No time like the present / No hay tiempo como el presente

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Yesterday was one of my gym days, except I didn’t remember until I was a few kilometers into a walk. Oh well. Tomorrow the car gets inspected. Maybe only one gym day this week, Friday.

We had coffee this morning with our friend Lars, a kind and wonderful man, whose partner, Jens, passed away suddenly last Thursday. Jens was vibrant, dynamic, always active, and in seemingly enviable health. A reminder to live every day as if it might be your last, and express your love and gratitude to those around you always. That’s how Jens lived his life.


Ayer fue uno de mis días de gimnasio, excepto que no lo recordé hasta que había caminado unos pocos kilómetros. Oh bien. Mañana se revisa el coche. Tal vez solo un día de gimnasio esta semana, el viernes.

Tomamos café esta mañana con nuestro amigo Lars, un hombre amable y maravilloso, cuya pareja, Jens, murió repentinamente el jueves pasado. Jens era vibrante, dinámico, siempre activo y aparentemente con una salud envidiable. Un recordatorio para vivir cada día como si fuera el último y expresar tu amor y gratitud a quienes te rodean siempre. Así es como Jens vivió su vida.

• Dudo last night. His eyes had been closed and his head down until I came along.
• Dudo anoche. Tenía los ojos cerrados y la cabeza gacha hasta que llegué.
• Then he gave me the side-eye.
• Luego me miró de soslayo.
• Dudo this morning.
• Dudo esta mañana.
• And again that look. He sometimes finds me really annoying. But he loves me.
• Y otra vez esa mirada. A veces me encuentra realmente molesto. Pero él me ama.
• San Geraldo expressing his love. He cut apples for after lunch today. I get a sweet apple. He gets a tart one. There was a bowl of grape bunches on the table, as well. While I finished lunch, he removed the grapes from their stems for me.
• San Geraldo expresando su amor. Cortó manzanas para después del almuerzo hoy. Obtengo una manzana dulce. Él consigue una tarta. También había un cuenco con racimos de uvas sobre la mesa. Mientras terminaba de almorzar, me quitó las uvas de los rabos.

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

22 thoughts on “No time like the present / No hay tiempo como el presente”

    1. Debra:
      I don’t know which is worse (or better), knowing it’s coming and TRYING to prepare for it somehow, or living your life happily to the last days and suddenly being struck down. I could argue for either. But our hearts are breaking for Lars.

  1. How sad for Lars and his family and friends, but you’re right about living every day.

    As for Dudo, and most cats, I think they can see even when their eyes are closed; they are always watching.

    1. Bob:
      Knowing Jens, I think this was the best way for him. No lingering, no weakening. And, yeah, the cats do know where we are every minute.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      The boys were actually grooming each other nicely yesterday. It usually begins nicely and builds into a brawl.

  2. So sorry for your and your friend’s loss.
    Yes, every day is precious.

    Dudo is watching your every step…..

    1. Jim:
      If Moose hears us talking, he could be in an apparently sound sleep, he shakes himself awake and joins us. Can’t miss a thing. Dudo led me around yesterday.

    1. David:
      I took the walk. I sat with Dudo for 45 minutes, accomplishing nothing but mutual affection. Very healthy.

  3. Yes, sudden loss serves as a reminder to us all to make the most of what we have. No doubt, Dudo and Moose are finely tuned to yours and SG’s emotions — well, Moose would be if he was awake! Perhaps Dudo is finally putting all his years of bird observation to use and is trying to develop an ability for “uni-hemispheric slow-wave sleep”…. i.e., sleeping with one eye open, LOL!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Almost every time I try to get a photo of a sleeping cat, an eye opens. Cats!

    1. Sassybear:
      I agree. But this truly was sudden. The picture of health. Perfect results at his most recent lab tests and annual exam. Dizzy one day. To the hospital hours later. Gone days later. Quite a shock.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s loss, and your loss of a nice friend, and Jerry is such a sweet man.

    1. Judy C:
      Isn’t Jerry a sweetheart? I sat and watched him place the individual grapes on my plate and was filled with love.

  5. Just reading the news about Lars and the death of his partner, Jens. I’m so sorry for Lars and for you as their friend. Words are always inadequate.

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