And These Few Precious Days I’ll Spend With You


“But the days grow short when you reach September

When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame

One hasn’t got time for the waiting game

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few

September, November

And these few precious days I’ll spend with you

These precious days I will spend with you”

September Song

Knowing that time is short for Peg and I changes the way we think and act and look at the world. Cliched I know, but every day really is a gift that has to be savored every minute. Simply sitting outside on a beautiful fall morning having coffee, talking, and watching people walk and drive by is a treat for the senses and the heart.

Ever since all treatments were stopped, and Peg was released from the hospital over a month ago, she has been stable and in excellent spirit. Her appetite is good, her pain is managed, her mental capacities only slightly diminished by occasional confusion. We arrived in Lenox on the 8th and Peg has been nothing but happy to be here. She loves her many friends who live within driving distance, the Berkshires in general and Lenox specifically and we have had lots of time to laugh and yes, cry together.

Our home here is beautiful thanks to so many people who has helped in a dozen different ways over these past months and Peg was thrilled to finally see everything in person. We hosted an open house last Saturday night for nearly thirty of these special friends and we had the best time possible. One gentleman, slightly younger, slightly taller, slightly more muscular, and slightly more stronger than me, actually carried Peg up two flights of stairs to the second level so she could see all the handiwork and staging in the three bedrooms and two baths on the second floor. Peg was “giddy with happiness” after the tour to see the fruits of her many hours of planning grow from concept to reality.  The support, kindnesses, and love expressed by everyone that evening will stay with Peg and I forever.


We have shared the good company of longtime friends and amazingly have made some very new ones. Between now and the 30th we will try to see as many people as possible given Peg’s limited mobility and energy. Some days are much better than others.  This is what she wants and this is what brings her smiles and memories.

Our current plan if all goes well, is to return to Florida on the 30th for a few weeks to especially see and enjoy our granddaughters while Hydrangea Hill is enjoyed by other family members for a couple of weeks. If Peg is strong enough, we will return here sometime after the 15th until a date unknown as of now. She has already survived longer than medically estimated so we view each morning as a new opportunity to share, enjoy and plan. We want and look forward to many more happy days together…these precious days.



About Alan G Billingsley

My career has been varied, including time as a newspaper deliverer, lifeguard, bubble gum maker, door-to-door detergent promoter, telephone book proofreader, short order cook, private employment agency counselor and owner, office and credit manger, infantryman, pots and pans salesman, Chinese restaurant cook, Chinese restaurant owner, public employment counselor, budget analyst, tax analyst, grant administrator, radio announcer, radio and television show host, disk jockey, automobile valet, child advocate, and now retiree. I've seldom been bored.
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3 Responses to And These Few Precious Days I’ll Spend With You

  1. rhondaoke says:

    Praying fervently that you and Peg will see a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s too….

  2. James Hutchinson says:

    Beautiful reading all of this Alan. Thanks for sharing it. Love both of you guys.

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