Yesterday I called my ex mother in law after not having spoken to her in nearly 13 years. There have been sporadic cards and emails throughout the years, but to really sit down and chat like we used to - well it had been a long time and I have truly missed it to be quite honest. I was informed yesterday that her husband of nearly 40 years had died. He was in his mid 90's and lived a very full life with lots of love, laughter and happiness. They were each others worlds and adored each other so much. My heart was aching so badly for her so I picked up the phone and gave her a call. Well, we talked for a long while about a wide variety of things including happy times we had experienced together, what all the grandkids were up to, and what a wonderful life her husband had lived and oh how she would miss him so. In what had to be a time of profound grief for her, we spent alot of our conversation laughing with each other and telling each other how happy we were to be talking to each other. I have always adored her and she has loved me very much too, so it filled my heart with so much joy that I was smiling all day yesterday despite the extreme sadness that I felt for the loss of a wonderful man. We promised to keep in touch more often and I definitely plan on it!
Have a beautiful day, friends!
(photo via here)