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The Forever Gift

Updated on September 12, 2013
To quote: "Any day my feet touch the floor, is a good day!" Oh, yes it was!
To quote: "Any day my feet touch the floor, is a good day!" Oh, yes it was!

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. George Elliot

Life is good and a good life leaves a legacy of inspiration.

This day, June 21st, is a day to celebrate the legacy of love left. I spent over 39 years giving a gift on this day. There are no longer any gifts I can offer but, this day is still a day that is full of gifts. An amazing and wonderful legacy that surpasses any wrapped package or Hallmark card I ever offered. What has bound us has left me with a legacy of:


I now live in the shadow of your honor: honor to your God; honor to your country; and honor to your family. Your service to God, country and family has inspired your family and friends. Your children are and were always proud of your service to your country and the respect you held for your fellow comrades in arms. It was with great pride and honor you served. It was also with great pride and honor you supported and welcomed home those serving after you.

You were bound by honor and that is what survives with me now and for future generations to come.


I now live in the shadow of your courage. Courage and faith are not the absence of fear and worry it is what surpasses the fear and worry and allows a way to move forward and onward. We are encouraged to be of courage for many different reasons. To carry forward with courage in your life and beliefs in all things does take special strength. It has left a deep rooted sense of courage and faith that will carry well into future generations.

As your courage and faith was bound by inspiration of generations before it is what survives with me now and will be the inspiration of generations to come.


I now live in the shadow of your love. Our love came slowly and softly, taking six years for us to know that it was truly possible for love not only to sustain our lives but also the lives of a family. Our love was not without pain for others, but the beauty of a love that truly binds is that it has the power to nurture and heal those who seek to do so.

We were bound by love and that is what survives with me now and for future generations to come.

Hope and Faith

I now live in the shadow of your hope and faith. You found beauty in hope and inspiration in your faith. Hope was the name of each beautiful miracle given in your children and endurance was found in the inspiration of your faith. It was in both that you lived.

We were bound by hope and faith and that is what survives with me now and for future generations to come.


I now live in the shadow of your trust. Trust carried you and your fellow troops through the hardships of war. When I doubted you trusted. Your strength of trust carried us through difficult times. I learned to trust in and along side you. We had trust in each other and the guideness of God.

We were bound by trust and that is what survives with me now and for future generations to come.


I now live in the shadow of your strength. You found the courage to fulfill the needs that come along in our lifetimes. You fulfilled the needs of a lonely mother. You answered the need of a wartime call. You found strength in love and fulfilled the dreams of a love. You found the strength to overcome your weaknessess and inspired others to do the same.

We were bound by strength and that is what survives with me now and for future generations to come.

i carry your heart with me by e.e.. cummings

i carry your heart with me i carry it in my heart

i am never without it anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling

i fear no fate for you are my fate, my sweet i want no world for beautiful you are my world, my true

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart i carry it in my heart —

The Miracle of a Beautiful Life


A birthday that is still a celebration.

I live in the shadow of your life because the sun you stood in cast a long shadow that was meant not to leave me alone but to help me carry on. The shade offers a respite full of memories and love and the sun allows my shadow to stretch and connect along side yours. I hope there is comfort for those who walk in and long side both our shadows.


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    • Anita Saran profile image

      Anita Saran 

      5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Very touching and a great tribute to your beloved. When you love true, it's forever, regardless of whether you're together or not.

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      Robin Grosswirth 

      5 years ago from New York

      A beautiful memorial. Very touching. Some people never meet their soul mate and the universe is empty. Others are fortunate and have devoted long lives together in love and when that person passes, though there is emptiness and loss, the enhanced lives left behind by virtue of their presence is palpable. This tells that loving story.

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Northwest Indiana


      Thank you for the read and comment

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      What a beautiful tribute!

    • sweethearts2 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Northwest Indiana


      Thank you for the visit and the offer. I definitely will be sending a short story.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The use of repetition is a strong writing tool and you used it beautifully here. You mentioned on my site being afraid of criticism with short stories...send one to my email address and I promise to be


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Interesting hub and images...'and the greatest of these is love.'


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