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Love Letter to My Husband


As I sauntered into the kitchen this morning in my pink robe and Chocolate Labrador themed slippers, I noticed a single piece of paper placed on the kitchen table were I normally sit for breakfast. My attention was drawn to the big red font on the signature line that read, Happy Valentine’s Day, from Russell.

Taking a seat at the table, I lifted the paper and read the words my husband penned. Countless emotions filled me – joy, happiness, thankfulness, gratefulness, love, forgiveness, and understanding.

Still sobbing, I walked the hallway to the bedroom and stroked the white-gray hair of my friend, lover, and partner for life.

I whispered in his ear, “That was the sweetest thing…that was the sweetest thing.”

Tears still flowing, I showered him with kisses. He smiled.

While I won’t divulge the contents of the letter, he expressed more than once, I was the only one for him.

Do you know how mellifluous that sounds?

You’re the only one for me.

You’re the only one for me.

Despite my many medical issues and lymphoma diagnosis, our difficult years of marriage, the passing of our animal children, and Mom’s dementia, he stayed. Even if it meant cleaning up Mom while incontinent during a dental appointment. I couldn’t do it. But he did.

Through life’s adventures, over land and sea – diving with black tip sharks, our first helicopter ride, visiting countless coffeehouses in this great nation, walking on a disappearing sand bar in the Caribbean, horseback riding, picnicking on the lawn of a home in Eleuthera with Cotton Bay in the distance, collecting seashells, writing an award-winning coffee table book – we experienced these mile markers together.

I’ve never had to want for anything, always feeling secure with Russell. And I’ve never felt lonely, like I did in my first marriage.

People, hold your loved ones tight and close.

Don’t be afraid to show affection – whether it’s a homemade card or love letter, a heart-shaped waffle, a phone call to a family member, a candlelit dinner, or a meaningful look.

Words and actions

can often mend hearts,

touch hearts,

bring hearts together.

Russell, I love you.

You are the only one for me.

You are the only one for me.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Now go celebrate your special day!

Peace out,



Simple Truths….

As I was rummaging through various pictures frames stored in our basement, I stumbled upon one with a photo card inside.

The caption on the photograph said, “These are some simple truths…and the dogs know what they are.” Joseph Duemer (b. 1951)

Looking back on all the canine loves of my life, starting with my first dog Lassie, I can see the importance in simple truths.

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Here are a few truths taken from “101 Simple Truths We Often Forget.”

1) “When you’re up, your friends know who you are.  When you’re down, you know who your friends are.”

Who better to know you, than your best friend – your dog?

Dogs can sense when you’re sad.  They lend a paw, or gaze at you with those big soulful eyes.  It never fails, when tears trickle down your cheeks – they’re by your side to comfort you.

2) “Most of the bad things you worry about will never happen.  Most of the bad things that do happen will have never crossed your worried mind.”

Dogs don’t worry; but they are guarded.

My heart dog, Sasha (who’s running free on Rainbow Bridge) had an uncanny way of accepting a human into her alliance.  You passed the test if you were allowed to stroke her silky black and tan fur.

One crisp spring morning while walking dogs near the St. Charles train depot, a stranger approached me saying, “Pretty dog.”

Call it intuition, but the hairs on Sasha’s back stood up.  Snarling, she flashed her pearly whites like the wolf in “Little Red Riding Hood.”

Did I initially worry when this man approached?  No. Thank goodness I had my little girl to figure things out.  Because bad things can happen in an instant.

Don’t worry about anything.  Pray about everything. (Philippians 4:6)

3)  “You have every right to be happy, but it’s up to YOU and only YOU to exercise that right.”

A dog’s happiness is transparent.  My little Aussie pooch likes to run figure eights at breakneck speeds around the tall pampas grass and the magnolia tree in the back yard. And certain ‘human’ words get those spirited canine legs moving even faster!  Her joy fills me up.

A treat, a toy, a loving glance…is all our furry friends need to make them happy.

We choose to be happy, or not.  Be happy.  Sing a happy song.

Read Stumbling on Happiness if you get the chance.

And remember… dogs know the simple truths.

Have a happy day!