What an awful word.
Termination, terminate, terminus.
So cold and detached.
“Concluding.” “To form the end of.” “To put an end to.” “To stop.”
Stop, stop, stop, STOP!
I'm not sure how, but I had managed to delude myself into believing that “inoperable” meant just that and ONLY that: "not able to be suitably operated on."
And then they use the “T” word.
As if the “C” word wasn't scary enough.
But scary is one thing. Scary is an emotion. An overpowering emotion. A tidal wave of fear that pulls you under, holds you immobile until self-preservation takes over – fight or flight – you rocket to the surface, lungs burning, and explode into action.
Tears, laughter, memories, vows, plans.
Terminal is a big, black, empty space.
It is the absence of feeling.
“To put an end to,” “to form the end of...”.
“Close to causing death...”.
“Forming the end or extremity...”.
“An end...”. Not the end.
“Either end of a transportation line or a main station on it...”.
“A connective point (on an electrical circuit)...”.
All life is terminable.
But if this is an end to one station, a connective point....
Then there must be something else.
We are not losing her. She is going on ahead of us.
This is an end. Not the end.
There is still time for bravery, courage, fighting, hoping. Living. Loving. Epiphanies.