Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Theme Thursday: Beginning

Fingers dance in tune with nerves, losing rhythm with the black tie around his neck, over, under, around and through...pulling it loose again, his sigh escaping in a hiss. How long he had loved her, and now she was gone...he would never love another. Tears contained memories of picnics shared in afternoon sun on red blankets, of new babies held carefully in their mothers arms receiving life's first kiss, of holding each other as those babies became men and began families of their own. Now the house was truly quiet, except the noise of his tired old bones....absent of life.

Briskly he brushed a shine into his stiff black shoes, admiring the wrinkles in his reflection, etched by anxious moments, filled to the rim with memories of skinned knees, lost jobs, her slow decline to cancer. Smiling at himself, he placed each captured thought of the last sixty five years into a gilded box for later, when he needed them. Smoothing the silver strands atop his head, fixing his face to keep it from cracking, he rose to stand by the door of the sanctuary, where he would make one more trip to the front.

Organs filled the air, their playful dirge, urging his procession toward tomorrow, causing his heart to flutter in anticipation. His eyes soaked up the faces of friends and family gathered to mark this moment in time, to always remember.

The clamber of the crowd rising to their feet, accompanied by the changing tempo of the music, all eyes turn and watch her smile from behind the veil, missing the tear rolling down his cheek. Forgetting custom he met her halfway down the aisle, taking her hand and leading her toward the beginning of something new...til death do them part.

Saturday, I had the privilege to watch two friends who found each other late in life, after each lost a spouse, joined in marriage. Even though there was a sniffle when they spoke that last line of their vows, the tenderness of their first kiss, drinking deep of one another, two becoming one, brought hope...its never too late, for new beginnings.

53 comments:

otin said...

(clap) (clap) (clap) (clap) (clap)!!!!! Bravo! very touching to see two people who have lost, gain something! We should just take the thursday out of theme thursday! LOL!

Baino said...

Hey hey . . there's hope for me yet!

darsden said...

Yea, perhaps still hope for me too.. Congratulations to those two!

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Wow, thanks for the good news story. When you first marry, you expect it's forever, so it's nice to see that lightening can strike twice.

An Open Heart said...

(big crocodile tears streaming down my face, mascara running all over, nose sniffling......)

wow, Brian...(sob) this one was REALLY (hiccup, sob) beautiful....

Congrats to the bride and groom...

and to you for getting to share it.

;o)
S

Skip Simpson said...

That was very beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!

Cinnamon said...

Like Baino- I'm thinking there's always hope!

What a privilege to share their moment. I know that there are all sorts of statistics about how long one is likely to survive after losing a spouse and they are not pretty reading. So it is wonderful these two find happiness again.

Seamus said...

No, it is never too late!!!! :)

Beth said...

One of my good friends lost her husband a couple of years ago (war) and now she is dating a dad at my school. I love to see them in love! She deserved some happiness.

only a movie said...

Oh that's so so cool! Thank you for sharing, Brian.

Betsy said...

I've been to a few of those weddings! They are extra sweet!

Alix said...

I must be daft. I thought this was crescendoing into a funeral post. I need to take my ADD meds, go back, concentrate, and read until I see where I made my mistake.

Forgive me.

It was a beautiful poetic post. With a happy ending!

Hit 40 said...

Very touching! I wish the new couple many beautiful years filled with happy memories.

This gives me hope for a couple of my friends.

willow said...

I love how he met her half way down the aisle. So sweet.

Kay said...

you have this way...of enlightening emotion and the skill to place the reader right there in the moment, excellent

lakeviewer said...

Oh, I hope you share this description you wrote; a beautiful tribute for an old friend beginning a new life.

smiles4u said...

How beautiful. And how beautiful that you have been blessed to witness this new beginning of your two friends. Stories like this give hope that it is never too late and that it's worth taking the risk to love one more time.

Pastor Sharon said...

Beautiful

Pastor Sharon said...

Darsden. . . yes! There is!

JeffScape said...

Phoenix from the ashes.

Poignant.

The Things We Carried said...

Sigh...I loved it!

Goofball said...

I saw the title and thought "oh september marks new beginnings for everyone"...but soon I realised it has nothing to do with school starting or anything but with something so much more profound.

Wow, so beautiful, it gave me chills. Love is so precious and the thought that it's never too late for new beginnings is so hopeful and energising!!!

subtorp77 said...

This just goes to prove that Love knows no age boundaries...for time is lost to those entwined with Love's heart-strings.

Many wishes and blessings to the new couple :)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Brian:)

Amazing description of feelings. It looks like you have got into the mind of the person. You are dissecting the thoughts frame by frame. It is true that as we grow older we live on memories both good memories and bad memories. When we lose a spouse of many years there is bound to be a gaping void difficult to fill.

I was happy to read that this void was filled in the end. It will offer solace and comfort. I wish both of them good luck.

Your writing is absolutely gorgeous.

As regards your query in my post, ONAM is celebrated in memory of the legendary King Mahabali. Under his rule there was no poverty, no sickness, no robbery, no homelessness and every one lived a happy life.

Have a nice day Brian:)
Joseph

Alan Burnett said...

I thought it was going to leave me sad but there was a life affirmation bit at the end which made me smile (and cross my fingers for either my wife or I - whichever is eventually left behind)

Tom said...

nice...and sometimes it's hard to remember that good times may certainly come again...just gotta ride out the storm.

Candie Bracci said...

Truely beautiful!Yes I love that "it's never too late for new beginnings"!Have a nice day Brian!:)

Harnett-Hargrove said...

I thought it was reading like a tear-jerker, and then it was -- in a happy way.

Jill said...

EXCELLENT....ABSOLUTELY TRIUMPHANT!!!

I feared he was attending his beloved's funeral but to find it was a WEDDING...now THAT is an ending I ADORE!!!

R.J. Edwards said...

Absolutely beautiful.

Wishing the couple many years of love and happiness.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Touched my heart......

Nancy said...

Wow, this was great writing. Congrats to the new couple.

Ben said...

I'm glad this one had a happy ending. After reading the opening paragraph I was sure it was going to end sadly. They say that new love can often be the best cure for old love. I hope they have an amazing finale to an already good life.

Daniel said...

It is so easy to believe that the end, whether from death or divorce, really is the end of everything. Trust me, I know, I am living this. Moments of rebirth can quickly wash in and sweep away all of the negativity and self-doubt and blame. I loved your post today and
very much enjoyed the emotions and the moment you shared.

VE said...

Nice turn to a beautiful ending. I wondered where you were going with the theme for a moment. Terrific choice to weave into this theme.

Brian Miller said...

hey all. i was trying to capture the segue between the end and beginning and the emotions he ahd gone through saying a final goodbye to his previous wife...really he was happy for the new love and nervous as a school boy which was fun to watch...sweet and tender...our memories of what has come before don't die and in this case i think it will make what lies ahead all the sweeter...

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Oh that was really touching. I hope those friends of yours will be happy throughout our lives together.

CJ xx

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I really needed this post today. A dear friend lost her spouse of 34 years to cancer earlier this week, and I have great hope that she'll find love again, once she's had time to grieve and grieve and grieve. My BIL found a wonderful wife after my sister's death, and she's been like a sister to me, although I miss my sister every day. I think K would have been very happy that S found happiness again.

e said...

What a wonderful and uplifting story...Thanks for sharing, Brian, and I wish your friends the best.

Madame DeFarge said...

Lovely story, good to know that there can still be love after such loss. Maybe more valuable because they know the value of what they lost through bereavement.

nonamedufus said...

Every end is a new beginning isn't it. Nicely written.

Wings said...

Very cool. Always new beginnings, no matter how young or old.

TechnoBabe said...

This is amazing!!! Just lovely!!!
Your two friends will have companionship and still be able to share all they bring to each other from before. I am so happy for them and what a great experience it must have been for you to be with them at their wedding.

Marianna said...

So true...it is never too late indeed!! Great Brian :)

xoxo

liza said...

You see...it IS all about perspective and daring to look at life with new eyes!

What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. You share the best stories. = )

Dreamhaven said...

Incredibly wonderful and touching. I'm only 56, life still has so many possibilites.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Absolutely beautiful, Brian. *sigh*

BeautifulWreck said...

That is fantastic! I love to read stories like this.

Coffee Messiah said...

Very nice and moving ; )

Lorraine said...

what I said before, but blogger is weird this morning IS: well probably not exactly but,
This is a great post, I love that you follow a stinky smell with Ice cream, how Cool are you...oh yeah and I said you were a genius!

Lorraine said...

This is so touchingly beautiful...wonderful writing always Brian :)

Not For Jellyfish said...

What a beautiful story and sentiment... It's never too late for new beginnings. How true. How true.

The Retired One said...

How wonderful for them...and for those that witnessed the new hope of this older couple.
You are correct. It is NEVER too late.
May the stars and heavens rise up to meet them in their new life together.
Thank you for being a sensitive person who noticed.