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Latest Activity: Dec 31
It's been quite a while since on the site. A lot has happened in the last year. Trying to find a new way/ life but...anyway...hope everyone can find their place in the next year. Am fairly new to New Mexico and am open to meeting others the state.
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Hi booktime Susan and wid-sisters and brothers
This was my 5th Christmas widowed; I hosted dinner for my children, spouses and in laws. It was lovely. A few days later we visited my late husbands family, which went ok considering relations with them have been strained since his passing.
I am starting a new chapter in 2018 as I retired from my long time job in December after 20 years.
So, Happy New Years to all of us and best wishes for new beginnings and positive outcomes in future.
Hugs to all.
Hoping everyone had a good Christmas. It was my first without my mother and her wonderful house which held us all. So we gathered in smaller groups. I have my sister, her daughter and her husband for Christmas. It was fun! I was actually thrilled that of all the homes my niece could have gone to she wanted to be with me.
Now I am fighting a cold and wondering what I am doing for New Year's. I am supposed to be with my sister at her home but won't if I still feel under the weather. I am not too worried about being alone if I have to be. I have something I can do on New Year's Day.
How is everyone?
Thank you all for your kind words. I went home last night and pulled out the pictures a friend had taken of my husband's funeral. It was the first time I allowed myself to see them. Although we were all grieving it was good to see smiles and even my youngest daughter giggling a little. She is so much like her father. I then pulled out the DVD I had done for my husband's memorial service and watched these pictures to the music several times. My cat even came and sat on my lap. It was wonderful to see - once again - what a great man he was. He was such a good husband and father. Almost every picture he had one or both girls next to him. My love to all of you.
I am so sorry to hear that someone's comments hurt you so badly. I too feel sad about the state of the world. Perhaps we all feel more for others, have more empathy because we know that love and loss cross all boundaries? Nobody is exempt. But it sounds as if Jerry was particularly in tune with your feelings and your beliefs. It can feel isolating to not only feel that he is gone but also that the one person you related to the most is also gone. I have always felt that losing my husband is especially difficult because he was also my best friend, the one person who knew me completely and without judgement.
Hopefully you will feel comfortable to continue posting your feelings. Sometimes it just feels so good to get it out! I find that sometimes I just need to write it in a letter or journal, then I feel a sense of relief. Big hugs to you and next time you see that person just feel sad that their own world is so narrow in comparison to your own.
Well, no one has been here for awhile so I guess I can feel pretty safe writing this. Today someone made a judgemental comment about the religious beliefs of the Church my husband's funeral was held in and how depressing their funerals were. I live in a state where they are primarily one religion and can be very judgemental of other religions. After I corrected this person I promptly went out and cried. I don't think I have cried this hard in a very long time. It has been 4 years 7 months 3 days since Jerry passed. I miss him so much right now. Jerry was my friend, my confidant. There are so many things going on right now that the four walls that surround me seem hollow to my words. Why must people judge others on the color of their skin, their religious beliefs, etc.? My husband was one who accepted all people. He loved people. Why must we exclude to include? Thank you for listening...
Just a quick follow up - no one really remembered the date without my prompting except for my neighbor who I have only known a year and a half! I am so touched. She sent a message last night with a picture which included a glass of wine and said "here's to Ed". I am so moved she of all people remembered! She never knew Ed.
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