It’s that time of the year again to announce a whole new “Boles Book for…” learning precis: a Boles Book for Noisy Neighbors by David Boles and published by David Boles Books Writing & Publishing! Yes, there’s finally an official guide for dealing with those living around you who care nothing about peace and silence!
One of the store clerks in our neighborhood — let’s call him “Eddie” — went missing for over a month. Janna and I always loved seeing Eddie during our weekend shopping outings and he was always warm and friendly and talkative. We also knew Eddie was Gay because of the personal stories he openly shared with us as we shopped.
Greying and testing middle age, we also knew Eddie, a proud Latino, had dedicated the last twenty years of his life to living with, and taking care of, his unwell mother. His daily routine was to wake up, work in the store, and go home to her. He had no social life. He life was “job and mom.”
When Eddie disappeared six weeks ago, we knew something terrible happened and last Sunday our worst fears were confirmed when we finally saw Eddie again, behind his cash register, looking wan and uncomfortably thin. He told us the horrible news with a calm resignation: At 50-years-old, he wasn’t just HIV positive, he had full-blown Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Eddie had AIDS.
Last night was the quietest Fourth of July can I remember. There were no sonic booms or bangs or bashes or even bops.