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May 5, 2007 |
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My husband, David, died early Monday morning from myeloma, a type of cancer. We brought him home from the hospital to hospice care on Saturday morning and at about 2pm he started asking what time it was. I reassured him that he didn't have to worry about time any more and that he could just rest. At 3pm he asked again. And then again at 4:00 and 4:30. Finally at 4:55 he said, "I want a radio." It clicked with me-he wanted to listen to his last Prairie Home Companion show. It was the most important thing that he did that day (besides being with his loving wife and the rest of the family, of course.) He loved the joke show and the Penguin joke and an Ole and Lena joke will be a part of his Memorial Service. We've listened to the show for 27 years and Dave couldn't leave this life without hearing it one more time.
I am sorry to hear about David's passing and my thoughts are with you and your family. You write cheerfully about a hard thing and that is brave of you. As you may know, the show is named for a cemetery up in Moorhead, with the word Companion tacked on, the sort of morbid joke I used to make back then, when I was in my thirties. We used to joke more about aging when we were young, before we figured out where the parade is heading. For some reason I feel younger now than when I was 35 or 45, and the joke show helps and so did that People In Their Twenties show and the young people one meets in the theater afterward. So onward we go. I never heard an Ole and Lena joke at a memorial service before: this may astonish some and surprise the others. Thank you for your letter, which is very dear, and for giving us this thought of David to tuck into our memory.