Susan was attending the funeral of her friend who had lost her husband. It was this same funeral or death that saved her marriage. Susan held her wailing friend strongly as the casket was lowered into the freshly dug grave. Susan’s friend was screaming “My husband, don’t leave! Don’t leave me! Oh death” as people looked on feeling sad for her. The children were screaming too, losing a father to death is not an easy thing.
If it wasn’t for Susan, the friend would have thrown herself into the grave to be buried with her better-half who committed suicide. Susan remembered the many times the friend would say she is tired of her good for nothing spouse; now here she is screaming and feeling lost because the man of the house is no more. The friend cried till she fainted. Susan and the rest had to carry the devasted woman to an ambulance for first aid.
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As Susan watched the spectacle of broken hearts crying for a man who will never ever come back, Susan remembered her own marriage. Susan remembered how much she takes her husband for granted and talks to him however she pleases. “What if my husband was to die today and be silent for good?” Susan thought.
Susan began to remember all the wonderful things her husband does and how she rarely appreciates him. At that moment, she knew despite his areas of improvement, there is no other man she would rather share her life with than her loving husband. She thought of life without him in their marriage and it scared her. She would rather have the disagreements here and there than to lose him to death.
Later That Evening
After Susan took her widowed friend to a safe place, she passed by the supermarket; she bought a card saying “Thank you for being in my life, marriage and family”, got home and cooked her husband’s favourite meal. Plus, she asked her children to join her in celebrating her husband.
That night, her husband came home expecting a fight from Susan. Instead, he got greeted by hugs from Susan and the children. He was welcomed with songs, dancing, laughter, cute drawings of him with warm messages from the children; a home-cooked meal, and pleasant conversations. Susan’s husband teared up when Susan and the children told him how much they love him and they surrounded him to pray for him. He felt needed.
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“Is it Father’s Day?” he asked.
Susan looked into his eyes and said, “No, it is love day. Every day is special with you around and from now on, we will do nothing but love each other. I don’t know how long we have to live together, but it will not be wasted by fights, misunderstanding, complains and lack of appreciation. In case you have forgotten, I love you”
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“I love you too,” said Susan’s husband as he kissed and hugged Susan, the children dancing and cheering on.
Since then, both Susan and her husband have been a stronger and more loving couple after realizing that tomorrow is not guaranteed. Sometimes the death of someone wakes us up to the reality of life.
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