I heard the song Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone, by Glass Tiger, as I was driving. Listening to this song, I was smiling and crying harder and harder, all at the same time. This song brought me back to all these snapshots of our life together:
The day in the library when I said, “I am going to marry that man someday.”
The night we actually met, which led to us dating. The kiss you gave me on our first date. Dancing with you to a song in front of the pickup lights. When you helped me move into the dorm at MSU (how I missed you while I was away at college).
Snapshots of when you asked me to marry you, of our wedding, of our honeymoon. Remember when the trout came with the head still on? I started giggling and had to ask the waiter to have the head cut off so I could eat it. I could not eat something I felt was looking at me.
Snapshots from when we went to Minnesota and South Dakota…
for my interviews teaching children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The excitement we felt when I was told I had the job in St. Cloud, and you found a job right away because luckily I saw the manager walk past me so you could talk to him.
Living in the trailer until we found our first home. I can still see us in the car in front of the house, in disbelief we had found our home. It was the best home to bring our children home to, making a life that was all our own. The tears we had when we sold it after living there for twenty-one years.
Moving back to Bottineau, and all the adventures we have had in the eight years we have been here.
If the worst-case scenario is to happen, I will never forget all these memories and many more.
I will never forget YOU! You have been by my side for thirty-four years, and that is not something I will ever let go of. I hope beyond hope that you will still be with me for more memories I can add to this letter. We have so much more living to do!
With all my love –
PS This letter was written prior to Mitch’s passing. Mitch, I won’t forget you! Unitl we meet again – love you!