A Canadian Literary Journal
Agnes and True: a Canadian online literary journal dedicated to providing a place for the work of Canadian writers, both established and emerging.
by Lori Hahnel
On an October afternoon—air clear as a bell, yellow leaves twirling down—I sipped coffee on my deck, soaked in the sun’s weak autumn rays. And got the news via Facebook.
Your sister Alma and I haven’t seen each other in almost forty years, though we “like” and “share” each other’s posts. “We are heartbroken to say,” she wrote, “that our dear brother Rob passed on Tuesday.”
Jesus. What? I took a breath before I read more, pulse pounding in my ears.
“A celebration of Rob’s life will be held at St. Gertrude’s Church on October 19 at 7pm.”
I stood up, paced mindlessly for a minute. Had a glass of water. Cursed. Read it again a few times in case I’d missed something, like maybe it was someone else—some other Alma I knew in high school who also had a brother named Rob.
You weren’t the first […]