After 35 long years, it had finally happened, her husband had died.
She sits at the table like every other morning. The newspaper was read, the coupons clipped. The coffee was gone, another pot was brewing.
Thirty-five years of being tethered to a wheelchair and hospice bed.
Half a dozen times she reached for the phone to call the nursing home. She always had to call to make sure they got him out of the bed otherwise he’d lay all day and get bedsores.
She looks through the mail. A mountain of sympathy cards and final bills from insurance companies. A large manila envelope held a death certificate.
Her grandson left a brochure for a cruise…
With the Caribbean at his back, he laughed that great big roar of joy, “Baby, I’m the King of the Ocean, ain’t no place on the water we won’t see.”
The next week he was diagnosed and her life stopped.
Now it can start again, the future was hers.
Seventy-five years old.
She pours another cup of coffee and reaches for the phone…