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A Walk to Remember

Updated on November 24, 2016
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Chris practices free writing which often produces humorous or introspective results with practical applications to living life more fully.

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Every evening they went for a walk down the country road on which they lived together for many years. It was the same route each evening, and they talked about their sons, about what fine young men they were becoming. It was a comforting routine.

She had been a teacher and he a preacher, but they had left those pursuits behind. He ventured into the field of healthcare. It was interesting and challenging work, always something more to learn. At times he felt he had learned more than he really wanted about some things.

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Their walk turned onto another quiet road, past a cedar swamp, an old farm, an abandoned lumber mill. She was his constant companion, his reason for living, his one and only. He recalled the day they had met. It was at a veterinarian appointment for his new puppy. She was the receptionist and had helped him put the little dog on the scales to get his weight. One date led to a kiss, and they were married within a year. The first son was born a year after that. Then there was a miscarriage and a stillbirth before son number two came along. They talked of all these things as they walked together.

They weren’t old, though the reminiscing may make it seem they were. No, they were at the age when people begin looking ahead to being empty nesters, to regaining the freedom they had so willing left behind to have children. And so he would talk about the future.

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They strolled into a park filled with aged trees. He lay on his back and looked into the heavens. After a while he began tossing aside small twigs or dead leaves he perchance saw lying around, and he picked any tiny weeds he found growing on her grave. He watered the flowers with a small jug he carried with him, but he also watered them with his own tears. Finally he whispered his eternal love for her and retraced their steps back home.

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    • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Deb, thank you. That is exactly what I wanted to communicate.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is so simple how life can easily continue through passing, still sharing the same things through another world.

    • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Blossom, thank you for taking the time to read what I have written from my heart.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Beautiful poem with a twist in its tail and so poignant.

    • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee. I appreciate the visit and the share.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Just blew me away with the emotions. Passing this on.

    • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Hi Randi, and thank thank you for reading this little bit of the rough stuff of life.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      So sad, so beautiful and so well said! Thank you for sharing this...

    • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Thank you Nell, I appreciate you stopping to read and comment on my hub.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Such a sad story, but beautifully written, nell

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      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Thank you Nadine. This is a difficult time for survivors to pass through, no matter their age.

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      Nadine May 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      How sad but at the same time very sensitively written.

    • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Thank you Ruby. The photo of the cemetery is the actual site.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love this. So beautifully written. The pictures are perfect!

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      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Thank you Jodah. Have a fine day.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Sad but beautiful cam. Well written.

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      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Good morning Ghaelac, Yes, it does seem so natural, and beautifully sad. Nice to see you this morning.

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      Ghaelach 

      4 years ago

      Morning Chris.

      Beautifully sad.

      You caught me with the end. I see many an old couple going for evening walks. It seems so nice and natural.

      Up and sharing

      LOL Ghaelach

      Europe 09:40am

    • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Eric, thank you for those valuable words.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We are not left behind we are left with memories. If we treat those memories with the same love as we treated the present when it was the present, our tears are of sweet joy.

      Thank you my friend for a wonderful walk.

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      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      I couldn't agree more, Becky. Thanks for reading.

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      Becky Katz 

      4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Just too damn sad to be so beautiful.

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      Chris Mills 

      4 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Thank you Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was beautiful my friend. Very well done!

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