Lucy passed away last fall. She was a big part of our family—we acquired her as a puppy when we first moved to Wisconsin, when Kait and Evan were in grade school—so Lucy was part of raising our children. Of making our family.
Jack Gilbert wrote “Highlights and Interstices.” The poem begins with an emphasis on remembrance:
We think of lifetimes as mostly the exceptional
and sorrows. Marriage we remember as the children,
vacations, and emergencies. The uncommon parts.
But the best is often when nothing is happening.
This morning, those lines remind me of Lucy. She was there when nothing was happening.
Here’s a video of Jack Gilbert reading his poem.