I really want to share this moment.
A bunch of us had all been eating vegan parmas at the Cornish Arms and we all ended up at a party in Brunswick somewhere. I wasn’t drinking and really wasn’t in the mood to be enjoying this party. I went outside at one point and Luke grabbed my hand and made me follow him around the corner and away from the crowd. I looked at him and I could see tears in his eyes. He hugged me and held me really tight and said “Thank-you for sharing this book with me. You saved me life.”
That was the last time I saw him.
A little while before this I’d given him Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins because I was trying to make him feel better and I knew this book always helped me when I was feeling down.
I keep replaying that moment in my head and wishing that I really had saved his life. I also keep thinking that if I had called him or gone and seen him more recently, maybe I could have helped.
He was one of the most genuine, sweet and beautiful people I’ve ever met.
I’ll always remember him that way.
Rest in Peace, I’ll miss you.