As I was reading a quote by George Eliot’s character, Adam Bede, “Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them,” I became determined to tell you about two adorable people who lived…
The couple dated in high school and eventually married. They were very much in love and it appeared that they would navigate through life together until at death when they would depart. However, life happened! Its challenges, its stresses, its disappointments. So, eventually they went their separate ways: He set off for service to his Country and she went back home to her parents. Through the years they lived good lives – separately. However, they always remained friends and would keep in touch. Afterall, they were from the same hometown and were bound to run into each other from time to time. Due to comments they made about each other, it seemed to some that they secretly wondered, “what if?” What if we stayed married? What if we experienced life’s challenges and disappointments together? What if?
Life is all about making choices. It’s about making decisions that often affect us for a lifetime. So it was for this couple. In later years, even as they both battled physical ailments, they managed to talk to each other from time to time; keeping each other uplifted and often reminiscing about their life together. Unfortunately, good things sometimes end – especially this love story that never had enough time to blossom efficaciously.
So, on March 27, 2012, she passed away. Four days later, on March 31, 2012, he passed away. Only four days apart – a driving distance of 962 miles, 1,259 kilometers, or 679 nautical miles apart, these two wonderful, loving, and caring individuals – my parents – transitioned from this life. The pain of losing them is still very intense and my love for them is for a lifetime. So, to quote George Eliot’s character, Adam Bede, “Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them,” my parents will live forever because I will never forget them!