Tuesday, July 9, 2013

"Believe"


Winter had set into their lives with age. Cold seeped into their bones, as drafts seemed to whisper of what was to come. Their time on earth was fading, as time together on the old farm was slipping away quickly.

She asked how she would go on without him, as she fussed over his medication and keeping him comfortable. He told her that he would always be there. He would always be a part of her life. She said she wasn’t sure of that. How could she hold onto that, as she could him? He assured her that she would see reminders, and would know he was still there. He promised her, and said she only had to believe.

One bitter morning when she awoke, he was gone. In the night he had drifted away, leaving her alone. The cold was deeper, and the night was darker now. Winter seemed it would never end. She again wondered how she could go on without him.  She could only feel the harsh loneliness of his absence.

Finally spring came, but she only had more to do now. As she went about her endless chores, she suddenly noticed the sunshine. Looking up, she saw the birds nesting in the full green trees. Beneath her feet, she felt the lush green grass again. Life was coming back to the farm, and to her.

From somewhere deep within her heart, she recalled his words. He would always be with her; she just had to believe.

Story & Photo by: McGuffy Ann Morris


49 comments:

  1. This is beautiful—sad and hopeful all at once. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Dana. I do appreciate your thoughts.

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  2. You certainly capture the meaning of that great loss and engender hope in your words. Some of us are close to facing the long winter and will look for spring when it happens. Wonderfully put ...

    Andrea

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  3. Very poignant, life-affirming and reassuring. Great write!!

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    1. I appreciate your thoughts, Sherry. Thank you.

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  4. A great love story that has crossed the mind of most of us as we think of that possibility of waking up alone one morning.

    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you, Gail. I appreciate that.

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  6. Just like what they say - there's always a rainbow after the rain ;o)

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  7. That was wonderfully written and so true.

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  8. This is lovely indeed. A loss none of us look forward to, but a loss we'll eventually endure. We just need to believe.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. Thanks, Sandee. I always appreciate your comments.

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  9. nice writing...very close to home for me...not lost a wife but lately several friends have left for travel in the new world...

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    1. Thank you very much. Yes, I think this is an important issue to many.

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  10. Precious example of the strong soul loves that exist in the world. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you for this beautiful comment. Truly.

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  11. oh, that is just beautiful. :)

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  12. No matter the loss, we have to go on, and love helps, because it transcends the loss.

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  13. This is very touching. It tells us not to give up.

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  14. Believe...that's all there is to it.

    Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

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    1. Sometimes it is hard, but it is healing too.

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  15. Great story. Spring does always follow winter and hope will follow grief if you believe.

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  16. Lovely and transcendent! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    1. Beth, thank you for this. Your thoughts mean a lot to me.

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  17. What a beautiful story, Annie, very close to the heart of those of us who are getting older and living with the soul mate of our dreams. I try not to think about this reality of life that we all face sooner or later, but it is impossible not to. I like your perspective, I do believe, and I believe that our loved ones who cross over are never really very far away. Hopefully, that will bring comfort when needed. I won't forget these words! A powerful contribution to Two Shoes Tuesday, thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Josie. This is close to the heart for many, and I am pleased when I can write for others.

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  18. Very nice story about a very brave woman. I always tell my husband that I hope I go before he does. I think I might be one of those old people that die of a broken heart if her goes first. Thanks for sharing. Janet

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. This is my greatest fear. Hugs.

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  19. This made me cry. A dear friend (who lives on a farm) recently lost her husband...this struck a chord.

    Yes, it takes time and seasons, but life somehow does continue...

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    1. It does take time and seasons because life is meant to go on.

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  20. Hi Ms. Mac ~~ This is sort of sad. I could tell from the beginning that it would be that way. Yes, memories of loved ones passed away are a saving feature of the way that God has made us.
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    1. Jim, I write what comes to me. I do believe that we go on because we are meant to, and we are given what we need to go on.

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  21. Great story! I could definitely feel the cold.
    : )

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  22. Hi :-) that was so sad it made me blink a little bit,I did enjoy it though. I liked the romance in it and the thought of believing even when you cant see what you believe in.I feel it takes a lot of belief to do that.

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