Sunday, May 27, 2007

Sound advice from beyond the grave

Today a friend shared a story about her elderly father, a widower. He isn’t a religious man, she said, but he religiously gets up early each Sunday to walk to the grave of his wife, who died four years ago.

When my friend asked her dad about the purpose of his routine, he answered, “To have a conversation with her.”

Once my friend went with her father on the cemetery visit. Her father stood in silence in front of the tombstone. If he was holding a conversation, it was a silent one.

Afterwards my friend asked him what his wife tells him.

“She usually says, ‘It’s the beginning of the week; be sure to put on a clean shirt.’”


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