A-Z: Believe


Winter had set into their lives with age. Cold seeped into their bones, as drafts seemed to whisper of what was to come. Their time on earth was fading, as time together on the old farm was slipping away quickly.

She asked how she would go on without him, as she fussed over his medication and keeping him comfortable. He told her that he would always be there. He would always be a part of her life. She said she wasn’t sure of that. How could she hold onto that, as she could him? He assured her that she would see reminders, and would know he was still there. He promised her and said she only had to believe.

One bitter morning when she awoke, he was gone. In the night he had drifted away, leaving her alone. The cold was deeper, and the night was darker now. Winter seemed it would never end. She again wondered how she could go on without him.  She could only feel the harsh loneliness of his absence.

Finally, spring came, but she only had more to do now. As she went about her endless chores, she suddenly noticed the sunshine. Looking up, she saw the birds nesting in the full green trees. Beneath her feet, she felt the lush green grass again. Life was coming back to the farm, and to her.

From somewhere deep within her heart, she recalled his words. He would always be with her; she just had to believe.

Story & Photo:  McGuffy Ann Morris

This is a story of fiction. However, this couple is near and dear to my heart. Being married for thirty-seven years I understand the depth of this love. As I age, I understand the fears of losing that love. Love does not conquer all, but it can become our purpose. Love can give us reason to continue, even when we think we can’t go on. Deep and abiding love surpasses even death. I believe. Do you?


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44 thoughts on “A-Z: Believe

  1. Oh yes I most certainly do believe. This story is lovely and it also serves as an amazing spark of inspiration. We can reassure each other that we will always be “there” and when one of us goes, the emptiness is overwhelming UNTIL we realize that WE are still in our life and it needs to be lived – AND that we ARE still connected to the ones we love and lost – always.

    Hugs, Pam


  2. Annie,

    Oh dear, I feel the same as you. I know this could be a reality of ‘someday’ but I selfishly hope it never happens that somehow we both are called home together. That’s probably won’t be the case and with the knowledge that women generally outlive men then I know this sort of loneliness hangs in the shadows. Deep and abiding love does surpass death. It is with the survivor always. That’s something that will keep me going should I find myself in this situation and I know that one day we’ll be reunited. Awesome A2Z post, my friend!


  3. Hari OM
    Adored this story, Annie. I, of course, believe that Love is eternal, though in slightly different context and application than is shown here. Something far more than any comment can hold!
    “B”lessings dear “B”logpal!!!
    YAM xx


  4. Annie,
    Your story had a real earthiness about it. It was lovely to read about a couple growing old together these days when so many marriages don’t last the distance. My parents are now in their 70s and wonder how they will manage when one of them goes. They’ll be celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary later this year. They don’t do everything together and have quite different interest, and yet they’re like a pair of birds. Can’t imagine one without the other.
    My theme for the A-Z is Letters to Dead Artists. B is for Botticelli.
    Best wishes,


  5. I was thinking of you and Bill as I was reading this and wasn’t surprised that you identify with the loving couple in some ways.
    You are very lucky to have such a strong bond between you two.
    I believe of the strong bond between me and my daughter Nicole and I feel her presence every day even though she’s gone.
    Blessings, hugs and prayers. Julia

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  6. You and I worry about this don’t we? Yes we do. What a beautiful reminder of what will eventually happen to one of us. Hubby and I say we are going to go together.

    Thank you for such a bittersweet post. ♥

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  7. That was beautiful and definitely struck me. My hubby is 16 years my senior and as we age, I fear this story coming true more and more. XO


  8. If I’m to be honest, I believe that romantic love is a crap shoot. If a person is really lucky, they get someone they remain in love with for life. If they’re kind of lucky, they get someone they can at least like. I’ve known a lot of married couples who don’t even seem to like each other. I’d rather be alone than in a marriage like that.


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