It has been a long week of questions and answers. One question keeps popping up.
What advice do you have?
It has taken a lot of forms.
What advice can you give a new widow?
There was a time before when everyday, little things mattered. They still matter.
The special times are not erased by the end game.
All of the old places hold special meaning. You will make new meaning the next time you are there. It will not replace the meaning from before, only enhance it.
What advice can you give the widow-to-be?
Live with purpose.”
Get together. Smile. Laugh. Take pictures… even in everyday clothes.
Close the generation gap. Squeeze fat cheeks. Watch babies sleep.
Have some fun. Release the inner child.
Fudge on your diet. Try new food. Stay for one more cup of coffee.
Kiss. Hug. Hold hands… even in public.
Do nothing. Do it together.
What advice can you give the widow a few years down the road?
Be who you have become.”
There are still places to go. You can get there.
Ply your trade. Volunteer. Contribute to your community.
Smile. Laugh. Enjoy. Love.
Be proud of your marriage. You kept your vows. It shaped who you have become.
Widowed Blog Hop
Thank you for joining me for the March edition of the Widowed Blog Hop. Stop by and see the others on the hop. There are some really interesting people to meet who have lost husbands and wives and survived to be active bloggers, parents, grandparents, husbands and wives.
If you have not already been to The Widow’s Christian Place, stop by and say hello to Ferree for me. She bakes terrific cookies and seems to like jambalaya. Little V thinks she is great.
Killing Us Softly
Becoming the surviving spouse of cancer is not something I recommend for your bucket list, but millions of us do it every year. If you know someone who is facing a terminal illness with a spouse, send them a copy of Killing Us Softly.
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