A Thought Before I Go

When faced with a terminal illness the mind begins to conjure up things that have yet to be accomplished in lieu of what has already been done. The absence of a previous bucket list is replaced by an arms-length listing of all the things the person will more than likely still not have the chance to do, short of winning the lotto, but would do if given the opportunity. A trip down historic Route 66. Hiking the Appalachian Trail. Four-wheeling through the deserts of Arizona. Watching a stupid groundhog look for its shadow. Taking a selfie in front of the world’s largest ball of twine. Drinking from a cool mountain stream in Colorado or enjoying a lobster feast on the coast of Maine.