A few days ago a couple of friends and I were talking about “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (I understand the proper title of the song is “Over the Rainbow”) and someone mentioned that her favourite version is Eva Cassidy’s. I said that I hadn’t heard of her, and this other friend then offered to bring a couple of her CDs. He did, and in the CD sleeve notes I read that she had died young. Curious, I searched for more information on Wikipedia, and found that she died at my age of melanoma. Digesting this while listening to her CDs, I had some thoughts.
My cousin, who was born six days after me, also had cancer. Hers was a relatively treatable sort of leukaemia, I understand, and she’s back at work now. We met recently and she seemed like her old self, though she wears a cap now. We talked about reading and books and relatives and relived childhood incidents and exchanged gifts and had dinner and coffee and talked some more about her illness and what it had wrought – it’s brought her closer with her in-laws, she said, and she now was carried around a bottle of stuff meant to disinfect her hands – and how the Internet has enabled support groups to form comprising people all over the world and how such support groups include a very specific category of people going back to work and how she found those useful. I’m thrilled she is okay; that evening with her may have made my month :)
I wonder if I will get cancer some time too. Probably, right? That seems to be how most people die. I remember I dramatically plopped onto my bed reading my cousin’s SMS about her diagnosis – maybe that’s a good rehearsal.
And on that slightly morbid note, I just want to relate that, one, “14 Blades” was a so-so kungfu flick, fun to watch but not engaging emotionally and, two, on the day I watched “14 Blades” I saw Stefanie Sun’s concert at Resorts World and while she was in good form the attendance was disappointing and perhaps because of that there was no encore. That stunned me. I have been to a few concerts, and this was the first time there wasn’t one. Very disappointing.