Valentine’s Day will no longer exist for me. My Valentines of 26 years is no longer by my side. My daughter and I swap silence in this old, musty home. The desire to clean is non-existant and I know I will never cook breakfast again. Movies are nothing now and late night discussions are of the past. There are no dinners, no plans, no laughter. We pray the other is not ready to talk, awkward in passing hoping we do not touch. We don’t stray far from our safe little corners, relieved the other has not reached out for the other. The walls have a lonesome echo as my bedroom cries out in loneliness. Photo albums, scrapbooks tossed about, never to be completed, boxes remain on the floor, waiting for the time to be stored away, never to be visited again….. Lack of concern to complete just about anything is the pattern of our day.
BUT – Let me leave you with this, and try to remember this Valentine’s Message, I write to you today:
TO: YOUNG LOVER’S, TRAVELING SENIORS, OVERSEAS MARRIAGES, SWEETHEARTS AND FIANCES…TO THOSE WITH ROMANTIC PRESENTS, SILLY CARDS AND EXPENSIVE CHOCOLATES….
Never take love for granted
Let love shine to all around you
Return hugs in an instant, without thought
Live this day as if it were your last
Be humble, be kind, be trusting
Never allow cross words
Eliminate anger as you would time wasters
Value moments with your loved ones
THANK GOD EVERYDAY for that someone in your life.
And, when death stumbles upon your door, be glad to say there were No Regrets!! “Far better to have loved than not loved at all”.
“For Together, We Lived,
Now I have lost,
But Thank you God, for I have loved!!”
In Memory of Johnny – My Truest and Sweetest Valentine of Them All !!!
Mrs. Tammy C. Osborne
1325 Fair Oaks Avenue
Marietta, GA 30060