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Aged Wine


Aged love is like aged wine; it becomes more satisfying, more refreshing, more valuable, more appreciated and more intoxicating! ~ Leo Buscaglia

He’s been suffering from Alzheimer’s for the last few years. He hardly remembers anything. His wife takes care of everything. At present she has a lot of hard decisions to take as the building they live in is going to be redeveloped. Her entire focus is on trying to find another place that is as big as the present one, close to the present one, etc. If you think she’s being fussy, you’re mistaken. All she’s trying to do is make sure that her husband of thirty odd years, has the kind of space he’s used to and is close to the friends he might remember on a good day. To someone who empathized with her situation, all she said is: “It’s all worth it, when he smiles and says ‘thank you'”.

Another man, who just lost his wife of sixty years, has been hospitalized. He keeps looking out for his wife and asking for her………

Yet another man died exactly two years to the day his wife died. He had been told that the grave she was buried in couldn’t be touched for two years. He couldn’t wait to be with her, but waited for two years to be buried in the same grave!

Unfortunately, when we talk of great love, it’s usually the tragic stories of unrequited love that get told again and again – Romeo and Juliet, Salim and Anarkali, Laila and Majnu……..Yet all around us we have examples of great love – all the three ‘stories’ are about people I know. These are about the kind of love that has been worked on, day after day, year after year – the love that comes from shared lives, shared joys, shared sorrows, watching together as your children and later your grandchildren take their place in the world.

As I watch my Dad take care of my mother after her stroke, making sure she gets her food, soup, juices and medicines on time, I see great love in action. I recall the words of that lovely song – one of John Lennon’s final songs written in the ’80s:

Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be
When our time has come
We will be as one
God bless our love
God bless our love

May you be inspired – every day!

 

3 Comments

  1. Inspiring Citizen Sareena Inspiring Citizen Sareena January 30, 2013

    I am speechless…. This is the love I wanted to share with my husband. Its really hurts to think a life without his presence.
    Great post Corrine. You bought tears from my eyes.
    Sincerely,
    Sareena

  2. Inspiring Citizen Rafi Inspiring Citizen Rafi January 30, 2013

    This nearly brought tears from my eyes..

    And its a sumptuous meal that filled my heart with the amazing joy of sharing my life with my wife whatever comes in between us..At the end of the day this is more meaningful than anything else.

    My wife told me a similar story very recently..I am quoting the same words that the man used to call his wife when she was hospitalized..Edi Annakutti..Nintey Kettiyavanadi..Means Annakuuty get up its your husband. They have lived a happy married life for 50 years.. Our youngsters in the current world should read this story and I will definitely share this through my linkedin, facebook and twitter..!

    Sincerely,
    Rafi

  3. Andy Andy April 24, 2012

    My dear Corinne,
    Very touching and interesting indeed. Sadly, no man can stop the aging process. As long as we have life, each one of us will break down slowly. Man is so mortal that in time, the beauty of death will take him away. It is sad and painful to watch older folks wither away like flowers. I personally believe there is more to life than what we have now. Of course, this is a different conversation. In any case, great write…you will make the reader think and wonder.
    PS…I love Mukesh because of his singing style. He was full of emotions as I am when I write. We are both full of melancholy (smile).

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