My father-in-law passed away today.
Today was also my birthday.
I’m not sure really what to say about the coinciding of these two events, other than to note that for my wife (and for me as well), July 15th will now mark both the day of my birth and the day of her father’s death.
It may be tempting to find irony in these coinciding events, but quite the contrary. For me, it is another forceful reminder that our lives are always lived on the knife’s edge of possibility, and one of those possibilities is always that our lives will end–perhaps even at this very moment.