98. On Admiration
“So,” I joked, “You went with ‘Felicia’ in honor of Felix, instead of ‘Kenni’ in honor of The Other Ken and me.”
A sound that seemed half laugh, half sigh escaped her. She said, “Felix stole pills. He broke Margaret’s heart. Hell, he broke my heart, but he had a lot of good qualities. Had he survived the OD, I still would have named her Felicia. I just wouldn’t let him near her until he had some clean time. A lot of clean time.”
“I hear you,” I said. “You can admire the quality if not the person.”
“I did admire him. Admired his kindness. Loved his enthusiasm. Loved his sense of humor. Admired his intelligence. I stopped admiring him when I realized he always put himself first. Great qualities, but a selfish person."
Today I will look for qualities I admire, even in people I don’t.
Life on Life's Terms III (c) 2016 by Ken Montrose
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