I miss the boys who died, knowing their inner sadness belongs to boys who both knew and yet never never knew how they were loved. This is the work of a lifetime – be it a scant few years or a long stream of decades – finding that we are liked, wanted and needed. A part of us is always skeptical. We try so hard to please, come up against our own fragility – grey dawns of the heart – and despair at our failings. The moments of laughter, the warm press of a friendly hand, the sweet, but slipping smiles of friendships: these are all breezes that catch our sails and tug us farther along the sea of our journey. These are tender moments, warm with the texture of knitted things, comforting like the scents of favorite soups and newly found desserts. This is joy to pull us through bleakest despair and remind us that at the end of our worked days, we will see smiles we know again, share confidences and food and a pause while every nose recalls together that this is the smell of spring coming again. This bittersweet lesson – learned when dear people pass from this world – is found in the tears that come from knowing you can remember the timber of their voice but never hear it again and that you only got to say so many thank yous to ears like your own that could hear them. Never hold back your applause, never be shy with praise and love. The bitterest regrets are plaudits that fell away without being spoken and all the times that love was shamed into a muddier, cooler kind of warmth.