Nov 092012
 

BethTimeLine30x20sm

A visual snapshot of Beth's life.

The first time I held Beth’s hand, she looked into my eyes and my heart was stolen. The last time I held Beth’s hand, she closed her eyes and my heart was broken. But the glorious years in between have been more than worth the agony I am feeling now.

The places we went, the love we shared, the friends we made, the children we raised …

Our favorite things to do together were traveling and throwing parties. I always suspected that both were just excuses for a new wardrobe, but as beautiful as she was who could possibly say no?

We would travel by car usually. I liked to drive and she liked to sleep. Once in a while she would wake up long enough to see something along the way. When we returned, Beth would take those visual memories and turn them into incredible works of art. One was Maui jungle, where she managed to distill a week of driving around the island onto a 2″ x 3″ piece of zinc. That image won major awards and the edition of prints sold out.

When I was forced to retire due to my disability, I took up painting as well and we enjoyed our trips even more. We would come home to our studio and commit memories to paint and paper. This was a very happy time. But then I became even more disabled to the point where we could no longer be away from home at night. Beth began losing her eyesight and was diagnosed with her own physically disabling disease.

For a while, we continued to paint, drawing upon the memories of previous journeys. But for the past 2 years, painting simply stopped. Beth couldn’t see well enough and I couldn’t move my hands well enough and the focus of our lives turned to helping each other get by.

And now Beth is gone. But she is still helping me get by. Because she has left me with a lifetime of beautiful memories.

Her loss gives me great pain, but it is a small price to pay for the richness that she has left behind. Beth, I will always love you and I will forever thank you, for having been my wife.

  5 Responses to “Eulogy”

  1. Dear Mike,

    your eulogy to Beth is beautiful. I am thinking that her life was blessed by you also.

    My prayers are with you and your family, Penny

  2. This brought tears to my eyes. I can tell how deeply you loved each other and I know she is in heaven waiting for you.

    I have you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Donna

  3. Mike, your loving eulogy moved me to tears. LOVE Trumps everything…………. you are wise and Blessed. Your Beth is with you, and she will always be. She was a very lucky woman.

  4. So eloquent. In just a few paragraphs, Mike, you have distilled the essence of your lovely wife in her creativity and joy, the sorrows and challenges of illness. You and Beth have had the gift of such a wonderful life together.

  5. I am so sorry Mike that your wife passed away. She sounds like she was a beautiful person.

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