In elementary school, the children sing about love and romance.
“The spades go.
Two lips together.
Bring back my love to me.”
When 2 people are together, it’s as if the angels in heaven themselves are dancing and singing.
Love seems to make everything in the world right again.
Recently, an old person from my building lost his wife of over 60 years!
I see him around and while he continues to go about doing his everyday things, I can see that he misses his wife so much.
He is broken, and his strength is gone.
I remember my grandfather and father the same way when they lost my grandmother and mother, respectively.
Completely devastating to them–their wives were their lives and what made them complete– afterward, they were never really the same.
Our companions are truly our other halves.
When someone asked the old man from my building how he was doing late last week, he simply responded:
“I’m getting along the best that I can.”
He said it was such sadness and loneliness for his wife who passed that his words literally cut right through me.
People need each other–no one is an island–and especially loving couples who have been together for decades and decades–they are for each other and with each other, even if “together forever” is just a song that children sing…it is what we all ultimately wish for. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)