The week before Christmas and the next two weeks have always been a bit of whirlwind for our family. We celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Day heartily. Additionally, there are three birthdays and three wedding anniversaries crammed into those short weeks.
January 7 would have marked my husband’s and my 50th wedding anniversary. But he tricked the family and died on May 10, 2011, avoiding a large party. The children and I were trying to sort through how to make an 50th anniversary party work with my husband very sick, limited mobility and basically no desire for a big party. He solved the issue.
It seems selfish to feel a bit of disappointment that we didn’t make our 50th wedding anniversary because it is certainly true that I’m very happy that my husband is no longer suffering. But for me our anniversary date was accented with the first full day of deep regrets since he died.
Ours wasn’t a perfect marriage. We’ve been told by several newlywed couples that Frank and I could learn a great deal about marriage by watching how they interact. There were many days of self-made trauma and conflict. While he did things that annoyed me and bruised my spirit, I never doubted his love. Yet, because of his own childhood and deep insecurities, he was never able to fully accept mine.
Now, I know that he is healed and not hurting. That makes me happy. Of course, the party is over but a new page is beginning for both of us. And it is good.