Out of all the columns that I’ve written this year for The Huntsville Times, the tribute to Marvin has apparently struck the biggest chord.
One of my patients said his wife cried when she read it. Another reader wrote to me and said “you really outdid yourself this time” and that it was “the best thing you’ve written all year.”
Yesterday I received this email from a reader:
We really enjoyed reading your column and are astounded at the longevity of your fish!
Should you be interested in choosing a free goldfish to replace poor old Marvin, please contact Trevor Cole, owner of Across the Pond (www.acrossthepond.biz), located at 7004 North Memorial Parkway, next to Bennett Nurseries.
Aw, isn’t that sweet?
I wrote them back and thanked them for their kindness and thoughtfulness. But we’ll probably take a pass on replacing Marvin for now. It’s been such a short time after all, and the grief is still as raw as, well…sushi.
All this love for Marvin has created a problem, though. I have a deadline this week and I’m feeling so much pressure to top the Marvin column that I have a bad case of writer’s block.
Thanks a lot, old buddy.