01 May 2013

speaking of heaven...

this week has been difficult. pat and lill and grae have all been on separate trips, so esmé and i have been on the verge of tears ever since they left. and by verge, i mean everything makes us cry. i'll tell you some stories later.

but here's one that's sticking to me right now.

one of the things i adore about pat is that he believes in certain things. whatever those things may be, he is full-on confident. but i'm a waverer. and waverers like me really enjoy the company of full-on confident gentlemen.

i ask him sometimes if there's a heaven. and he says yes. and i say but how do you know? and he calmly answers i just know in a tone that does not invite wavers and calms me like nothing else in the world. so, for at least a few days, i worry less about that one thing and more about whether we would all live through a tsunami. and that conversation goes pretty much the same way.

the other day, my neighbor's grandfather-in-law died. he was apparently one of those old-school lovely men. the kind who made his mark on his family's hearts, which is always a nice thing to hear. a good life, lived well. all we can ask for in the end, yes? 

she said they had been chatting just days before and he was fine. plus adorable.

at one point, he mentioned his wife who had died the previous year. i saw her yesterday, he said. she told me to get my hat because we're going for a walk.

and that was that.

it's my favorite story of the week. there aren't that many words in it, but it still made me cry and fill up with wonder and wonder less all at the same time.

you can borrow it if you're waverers, too. xoxo.


mary s. said...

Oh GOSH. I love this. xoxoxo!!!

Ali said...

Oh Karey. I'm having one of those weepy days, thinking about how much my mom would love this sunny, spring day full of tulips. And then I read this. Thank you.

Katie said...

Karey, these beautiful words arrived in my reader on the day I really needed them.

Thank you.

So much.

Megan said...

Perfect, as always. xoxo

Richie Designs said...

the best. I'm totally borrowing it.

so glad to see your words again btw. it's my favorite treat to click here and see a new post

Heather said...

so glad you're back :-)


i love your words. your stories. your faith in pat.

Ann said...

This touched my heart. Thanks.

Isabel said...

Waivering now and this was just perfect. I've missed reading here!

Carlyree said...

on such a whim I decided to check back here (I've been out of the loop for awhile), and look at you bringing me to tears in 0.5 seconds. Beautiful.

Kim Grey said...

Look at you, making me weep. What a beautiful story.

I'm a waverer, too, but then something like this story tells me to be open to possibility. And I like that.

Chuzai Living said...

I am married to a full-on confident man who gives me peace of mind. This is why I love him! He wished he'd gotten to know Pat better. I wish we had one more year together and we would've been able to hang out and gotten to know each other better, but I am so thankful that we had a year overlap. I loved reading your story.

Relyn Lawson said...

I miss you here, friend.

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come back.

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