I'll be seeing you...

12/17/2011

Anyone who has seen The Notebook knows a love like
Allie's and Noah's is hard to come by.
However, if you're one of the lucky ones who finds a love as genuine and true...
you won't ever want to let go.
You'll want to be with that person until your very last breath here on this earth...
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My next door neighbor Bill lost the love of his life on Tuesday afternoon.
She suffered from a terrible disease that took her most cherishable memories.

Bill went three times a day,
everyday to go sit and visit with his wife at the nursing home.
Ida had Dementia, and her memory was fading fast...
so fast that she didn't even recognize her own husband's face when he walked into her room.

This broke Bill's heart. He hated seeing her like that,
but there was nothing he could do. Everyday he went, sat and watched her fade away.

 When I saw Bill Thursday I instantly saw sadness in his eyes, when he told me Ida had lost her fight my heart literally ached for him.

I couldn't fathom his pain...

I struggled for the words to say, I knew there was nothing I could say to take his hurt away.

I know, and he knows now that she's in a better place,
no longer suffering and at peace.
But that doesn't help his heart that was left behind.

Bill and Ida's story reminds me so much of Noah and Allie's.
Their love was long, strong, genuine, true and unconditional.

I pray for strength for Bill and his children and I also pray for God to allow Justin and I to have a lifetime of love as strong as Bill and Ida's.



"I'll be seeing you..."


24 comments :

  1. This post gave me chills, sending love and prayers Bill and his family.

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  2. Awww- Im sending, love, prayers, and thoughts to Bill and his family today.

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  3. I just sobbed reading this. My prayers go out to Bill and his family in this time of great sorrow.
    You are a beautiful writer.

    XO
    Melissa

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  4. Awwww! Bless his heart. How sweet though!! That's wonderful that they shared such a love & bond like that. Love it. I pray for me & my husband like you are doing as well! I will pray for Bill too!

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  5. I had tears in my eyes as I was reading this. I'm so sad and sorry for his loss, but thankfully we know that they'll be seeing each other again.

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  6. Aww, this just made me cry. :(

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  7. Wow. This is such a sweet, sad, & happy story all at the same time. It's really sad for this to happen for your neighbor...especially right here around Christmas time.

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  8. Ugh. This just made me so sad :(

    Dementia is one of the worst diseases - I can't imagine the love of your life not even knowing who you were!

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  9. Wow. Makes you want to hug your husband a bit tighter...and I totally just told him & cried. Thanks for the reminder of how precious & short life can be.

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  10. Awww poor Bill! I can't imagine ever losing my hubby. Just can't and don't want to. I hope we are just like the Notebook too and live a long happy life and leave this life at the same time;-)

    Lovely yet sad story, at least they had lived such an amazing long life full of love.

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  11. What a sweet story! I actually just read that they are turning "The Notebook" into a Broadway show-hooray!


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  12. Awwww, what a sad lovely story! It made me tear up... more than I am willing to admit! Someday I'm sure they will be together again! :)

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  13. This brought tears... in 12 days my grandma will be gone for 4 years... and the last year before she passed she didn't know anybody. She recognized my grandpa's voice but didn't recognize him. It is the worst thing in the world to ever witness and go through. I hope Bill cherishes every memory and finds strength in knowing one day they will meet again and she will be ever so happy to see him :)

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