Brian Fehler, this is a such a beautiful piece of writing. Thank you so much for sharing it on Medium. I’m not ashamed to admit that my cheeks are damp right now.
I just messaged a friend to tell him that I think this is the most compelling story I’ve read offline or on in quite a long time.
I felt in the scene with you every moment. You brought Joey and your younger self to vivid life.
I find myself remembering my own high school “boyfriend” and how neither of us was as brave as you were.
You must have been in incredible pain losing him. For a long time. I’m sorry.
Mostly, I’m sorry that he felt unable to face life. Our world is unfair and painful in too many ways sometimes.
I wish it didn’t have to be like that.