two and a half years i moved away from my hometown. late in the evening one night i received a phone call from my friend adam, telling me he had a cancerous tumor. he went through surgery, i spent as much time with him in the hospital as i could outside of work. the doctors thought they had removed all the cancerous cells. six months later, they found another tumor where they had inserted a trach when doing the first surgery. the second tumor became infected and ruptured. they gave him a very slim chance of surviving. july 24, 2004, he died at the age of 23. i cared a whole lot about him. i considered him a close friend of mine. at the burial, i sat with his family, just so terribly emotional. his father gave me a rose from off the bouquet that was on the casket. i still have the rose. it’s dried and in a box in my apartment. that is the saddest thing i own
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The Saddest Thing I Own is a 2005 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It is supported by the Jerome Foundation in celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial and in recognition of the valuable contributions of artists to society.