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We Would Have Been Married 54 Years Today. If she had lived.
Our 54th Wedding Anniversary
8/16/2022


         Linda, darling, it’s hard to believe we got married 54 years ago today (8/16/1968, 7:00 PM, Newport, Ky, by Justice of the Peace Jack Mader), eloping at 19 because my parents didn't want us together (legal age in Ohio then was still 21, not 18). Spending the last 42 ½ years of that time apart has certainly not made it any easier. And, either way, it doesn’t feel like we’ve been apart for 42 ½ years. Some days it feels like it’s already been an eternity, honey, some days it feels as though I found your lifeless body slumped over the side of our bathtub, from the outside of it, only a day ago. The thing that reminds me that it's been longer than just a day, sweetheart, is that I remember when I felt like a zombie for the first 8-10 months after you left. I only left our apartment to go to work, or go to the store. Other than that I never stepped out of our place for that 8-10 months, and with a rare exception, only talked to members of your family during that time, by choice. I know it’s been longer than that because I don’t feel like a zombie anymore. But I don’t feel complete, either. You took my heart with you when you left, and I want you to keep it. Hold on to our love until we see each other again, darling. And I love knowing that we have His word that we WILL be together again.
         I’m glad you have the rest of your family with you, now, sweetheart, and I know that that makes all of you very happy. And, it helps me feel better knowing you are all together now, for the first time in a very long time. Darling, except for Suzie, I know when each member of your family followed you, and joined you around His Throne. And I look forward to the day when I will join the rest of you, and we will all be together, and with Him, for the rest of Eternity.
But, right now, I still miss you, Squeek darling, throughout each and every day of my life.

HAPPY 54TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, LINDA!
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