While cleaning out my office I came across an old picture at, what Bern thinks, was a New Year's Eve party at the Gary Country Club.
There are 10 people--young people--sitting around a table. Five men and five women.
Three of the five men are now dead.
L. committed suicide in his late 20's.
K. died of a heart attack over a decade ago.
J. died of aids before he was 30.
The only 2 men who still live are Bern's cousin, A., and me.
I don't know about the women, but I'm rather sure they're all alive.
But a pretty somber picture.
Three of my friends no longer with us.
And I am a survivor.
Deeply, profoundly sad.