This is a sad duty, one our brother has borne pretty much alone, so it's time for us to pitch in.
Already I"m imagining the house again without our parents in it. The sofa where Mom and I would sit and talk, glasses of iced tea on the coffee table in front of us. The chair against which Dad would lean his cane — a cane with a padded handle that he loved and to which he affixed one of those giveaway address labels you get in the mail.
Thinking of the cane, thinking of the emptiness, thinking of how thankful I am not to have to do this alone. It's sadness, shared.