Thursday June 8, 2017
Overheard at Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
“It’s okay if you want to cry. I can see that you’re – ”
“I’m not going to cry.” Dan smacks my hand away from his face.
His flight leaves in three hours and we haven’t decided if I’m taking him to the airport or he’s going in a taxi. Public transit is now no longer an option.
“I could still come with you?” I look at my toes.
“No. No… I need to do this alone,” he says, finally making eye contact. Tears brimming.
“Why won’t you let me support you?” I try not to sound like I’m asking something of him. Everyone is asking something of him.
“I’m trying, Gem, but it’s just like – … I don’t even know what I need so how am I supposed to tell you what I – …”
His phone rings. It’s Joanne, his stepmother. Everything in the room gets very still