Writing Can Be Murder

August 27, 2009

Life Story on a t-shirt

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 8:59 pm

I passed a “runner” today who was wearing a very old tee. (Granted, the guy probably had thirty years on me, but I, the slowest “runner” I know actually passed him. I never pass anyone who isn’t walking with at least one cane.)

I noticed his shirt because I was running the “snoot route” which winds through a neighborhood where, even in this economy, houses range in price from 1.5 to 3 milliion dollars. No one wears old clothes on this route.

And his shirt was definitely old. It wasn’t screen printed. Someone had actually ironed on each of the fuzzy letters that spelled out the shirt’s message. I smiled at what the back of the shirt said, “Three Speeds: Slow, Slower, Dead”.

Half an hour later I passed him again, but this time we were face-to-face, and I was doing my cool down which meant I was walking, which meant I actually had some oxygen flowing to my brain.

The front of his shirt said, “Cancer Diagnosis: August 27, 1982 — STILL HERE”.

As he got closer my brain whirred: Mom’s birthday is Sunday. That’s the 30th. (Oh crap! I forgot to mail her card.) Okay so Sunday’s the 30th, Saturday’s the 29th, Friday’s the 28th, so today’s the 27th. Yeah, today’s definitely the 27th…I think.

Pointing at his shirt, I said, “Happy Anniversary!”

And he smiled, the smuggest smile I’ver ever seen on a man as he said, “Thank you. I’m still here.”



  1. Great shirt. I can see why the guy wears it proudly.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — August 28, 2009 @ 1:51 am | Reply

  2. Yeah, it was very inspiring!

    Comment by love2wryte — August 28, 2009 @ 6:00 am | Reply

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