March 4 – what would have beeen my brother Cliff’s 61st birthday:
If He Had Lived
If he had lived, where would he be today?
Would he have become Cliff Grisham, superstar singer/songwriter waltzing comfortably amongst the glitterati?
Or, God forbid, still hoping for fortune and fame as he vies for a spot on an American Idol-esque television show?
And how much cosmetic “work” would he have had done by now?
Would his long, wavy hair have turned to that gorgeous man-aging gray or would he still be shaking those blond highlighted locks a la Roger Daltry in “Who’s Next?”
Would he have a partner – or even be married?
Perhaps a child for him to dress to the nines?
But most of all, would our mother, who has now reached her nineties, have gotten that promised chauffeured limo?
Two things we know for certain, if he had lived:
Mom’s New York apartment would have been painted regularly and we all would have had the perfect lunch, dinner and theater companion…if he had lived.
P.S. It is truly ironic that today’s front-page headline announces “IN A MEDICAL FIRST, A BABY WITH H.I.V. IS DEEMED CURED.”