On September 27, 2019, my sweet Donna, the most loving and the most lovable human being I ever met, passed away. And so, I grieve. I grieve like I never knew possible. But as I grieve, I also think of the things for which I am thankful. I am thankful for 46 years of marriage with the most beautiful person I have ever known. I am thankful that we both made the decision to retire from teaching at the relatively young age of 60. We had 5 more years together. We really made the most of those 5 years, and our love grew stronger and stronger.
Donna was loved by everyone who knew her. She truly touched, and influenced, and blessed, and brightened so many lives--far, far beyond a simple casual acquaintance effect. I am so proud to have been the person with whom she chose to spend her life. I was so lucky.
But I sure miss her now.
The picture above was taken some time in the early 1980s. It is one of my favorites.
The picture below is of Donna and me, just one and a half weeks before she passed. What a beautiful woman, both inside and out, at every age of her life.
The video below is of a song I started writing in 1973, when we were newlyweds. I finished it shortly after she passed.
Here is a studio recording of the piano version of the same song
This next one is certainly sad, but it is also an expression of love. And so, it is a love song.
My daughters made the video below for Donna's Memorial. Those girls loved their mom so much. The song is one I wrote when Donna and I were engaged in 1973. There could be nothing more true than I love you.