Just the other day…

Sydney and Nyel, 1986 — a Stan Thompson photo for the Observer

All the places we went.
All the meals we ate and all those he cooked!
All the laughter we shared.
All the people we enjoyed, learned from, loved.
Wasn’t it just the other day we met… back in 1984?

General Nyel, Farmer Nyel, Chef Nyel,
Husband, Friend, and kindest person I’ve ever known.
Nyel LeRoy Stevens, how blessed I was and am,
And now… how bereft.
Wasn’t it just the other day we celebrated with a bang?

Already there are things I need to tell him,
Like ORF accepting our gift of replacement lamps
And that Slutvana came looking for him tonight.
I wonder if he’ll always be here in my head
Making it all seem like just the other day…

BOOM! May 30, 2022 – Photo by Barbara Canney







14 Responses to “Just the other day…”

  1. Deborah L Wells says:

    Ded Nyel Pass away Or is he really sick?

  2. Kathleen Staub says:

    Colin just called and told me; I’m so very, very sorry. Colin remembers him from the Bookvendor. He was intelligent and kind and we will all miss him.

  3. Cate Gable says:

    He’ll be in all our heads and hearts as long as we live.

  4. Rita Smith says:

    Nyel was a very special man, always a smile and enjoying life. He will truly be missed. So sorry for your loss, Sydney. Keep all those memories in your heart, he will be with you forever.

  5. Bruce Jones says:

    Dear Sydney,
    You can still write him letters.
    Love, Love, Love,

  6. Betty kennedy says:

    Dear Sydney,
    It was our pleasure to have meant this gentle loving soul.
    Our sympathies go out to you.
    May those beautiful memories carry you through you sorrow.
    Prayers for both of you.
    Tom & Betty

  7. Cassy Espy says:

    Dearest Sydney,

    I hope you received my EMAIL.

    I find myself thinking of you and Nyel and how much esteem and love you shared for one another. This was the relationship all of us hope for and few of us get.

    What a lovely man!

    Please know that I love you. There is no magic potient for overwhelming grief. You just get through it the best way you can. It’s the toughest road to travel there is on this earth.

    But speaking of tough, you’re one lady who has handled tough over and over during Nyel’s long illness. Someday, you’ll handle it again, although not today, and not tomorrow or the next day. One minute, one hour, one day at a time,,,,,, I will be there standing with you, always.

    Your Cass

  8. Barbara says:

    Oh, my dear Sydney. What a magnificent life you and Nyel shared! All I can think of right now is the joy that the two of you created, and then gave to everyone fortunate enough to be in that dual orbit.
    Yes, he’ll be with you every day. But it doesn’t help the grief of not having his sweet touch.
    My heart is breaking for you.

  9. Hillary Trusty says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Nyel was a great soul and all around great guy.
    I have loved hearing your stories over the years of the life you shared together.

    Sending love, hugs and strength.

  10. Skyler says:

    Sydney, I am so sorry. Perhaps these words might be comforting. I’ve found them helpful.

    “In one sense there is no death. The life of a soul on earth lasts beyond his departure. You will always feel that life touching yours, that voice speaking to you, that spirit looking out of others’ eyes, talking to you in the familiar things he touched, worked with, loved as familiar friends. He lives on in your life and in the lives of all others who knew him.” -Angelo Patri

  11. Sydney,

    From this blog entry, it appears Nyel has passed away. I can’t imagine your unspeakable grief. Following your entries of late, we all guessed it was coming, but too soon. Always too soon and too unbelievable. My heart goes out to you.


  12. Jo Lucas says:

    I will always remember Nyel’s kind smile. Sending you hugs, prayers and love.?

  13. Anne Nixon says:

    Sydney, I’m so very sorry for your losing your dear Nyel. He was a wonderful man, and I know how hard it is to lose the one you love so dearly. I’ll be thinking of you.

    I send you lots of love. my sweet friend.

  14. Laurie Anderson says:

    I’m so sorry to learn of Nyel’s passing. You were lucky to have each other, and you made such a great duo. He will always be a part of you. David and I send our love.

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