Technology moves rapidly and is another example of the world moving forward without him. Reg had a Samsung smart phone, and one day I saw a commercial for the next generation Samsung phone. I burst into tears. How could enough time have gone by that it was now time for a new Samsung? It felt like another example of the world pressing forward without him.
Even more distressing than shows and technology moving forward is feeling as if his friends, his coworkers, my friends, and our families are going on without him. For example, his company hired someone to replace him after he passed away. I know that his company had to do this and couldn’t hold the position open for him. But, it still pains me to think someone else has replaced Reg; someone else sits in his cubicle. After he died, one of Reg’s coworkers showed me a video of the office’s Halloween party. The video panned by Reg’s cubicle, and I could see someone else’s belongings at his desk. I lost it!
Further, I hate to think the systems he built will soon become obsolete and replaced (Reg was a software developer). Given the nature of technology, this is a possibility. I saw one of his coworkers at a restaurant almost ten months after Reg died. The coworker mentioned that he’d been working with two systems Reg had helped build. I became distraught that they could be changing the systems. Things need to stay the way Reg left them! I went into the bathroom and sobbed for a while.
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