|Beautifully written nixie, your voice can be heard through the the lines of your story. You speak of another time with great empathy and love. Your parents are difinatelly from another time, the past comes alive as you spoke of how they met, how they spoke to each other. I loved that they always called each other by Sweetheart and Honey. That's an unconditional love wheather or not you see it every day or not.
It exists! It is rare these days anymore, but it still exists on a different level these days. I believe in what you say you heard and saw what your father said to you, " I'm done." After my mother passed away, I embraced seeing her walk up and down the hall od her home which I moved back into to care for my father. I always talked to her, and still do. What helped me understand and excepting her loss, I have pictures of both my parents all around my house, on my iPad, the first thing I see when I wake up, they live in pictures and in my heart. My parents met during the Korean War in the USO clubs in Ney York City. Oh the stories I can tell you about their love is a lot like yours, just a different time. This is a wonderful story nixie and thank you for sharing it with us all. Happy Anniversary, your fathe would be so proud of you! 😇