The Grandfather

       A young boy held his dying grandfather in his arms and said, “Please don’t leave me. It hurts.”
     The old man replied, “My son, when everything is okay you must smile-“
     “But it’s not. I can’t!”
     The old man rattled on, “but when everything is not, I need you to remember this: the most important thing you can do is to keep on living.” Then he coughed once more and died with a smile, as if the dead man knew something the rest of the world did not.

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