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I went for a walk through my small neighborhood today. I usually cut through Roy’s driveway. I saw he was here. A native of a parish of New Orleans, his “beach house” is his getaway. He’s survived major hurricanes in two states and does his own yard work … with a chain saw. I saw his garage lights on and his American-made SUV in the driveway. As I cut through, eyeballing his love of fruit trees with the Calamondin orange, heavy with fruit of which I’ve plucked many, I spotted his bumper stickers: “Trump 2020. Repeal Obama Care. Liberal Media – Stop Distorting the news.”
It’s hard to catch Roy. Although hard of hearing, he hollered at me a couple years ago, “Hey Linda! I’m not sure if I’ll be around much longer – my legs are giving out.” I could see the effects of diabetes. When I first met Roy on a walk, he offered me a beer and showed me pictures of his open heart surgery on his phone. I said, “yikes, Roy!” He said, “Hey, I’m still tickin’,” with a wry smile.More