News tonight that Sandra Day O’Connor’s husband of 57 years, has died. He had suffered from the A for nearly twenty years. That is a long descent into darkness, to be sure. Her husband’s suffering from this terrible disease is one of the reasons that Justice O’Connor retired from the Court.
What caught my attention though, was what happened to John O’Connor in his assisted living home. He fell in love with a fellow sufferer. This is very similar to what happened in the film Away From Her, when Julie Christie’s Fiona found solace and companionship with a fellow resident. Is this a common phenomena? I guess it must be, and it seems a reasonable progression. It’s a sad, sad business. Their son has said that his father became happier in the end, and it sounds like Ms. O’Connor handled these turns of fortune with grace.