Pat in later life dismissed and maybe loathed the New York years. One-by-one her earthly delights were taken away, especially in the form of the people she outlived. Priests and nuns live longer than lay people. Could it be because they are less subject to losing their will to live because they are attached to the spiritual, delights which do not pass away?
To indulge the sentiment, in properly seasonal Auld Lang Syne fashion:
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time re-written every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? could we?