When the years have done irreparable harm
I can see us walking slowly arm in arm
Just like that couple on the corner do
Girl, I will always be in love with you
When I look in your eyes
I’ll still see that spark
Until the shadows fall
Until the room grows dark
Then when I leave this Earth
I’ll be with the angels standin’
I’ll be out there waitin’ for my true companion
From True Companion by Marc Cohn
I have always believed there is no human loss greater than the loss of a spouse. Parents, of course, will immediately disagree, but that’s OK. When you have struggled through tough times together and prevailed, every close call reminds you of how indescribably dear your spouse is.
It’s also a reminder of the inevitability of having to take on life alone for one of you because one of these days your determination will be overcome. You know the high probability of this going in, but it doesn’t resonate in your bones the way it does after the challenges of time give your family a good working over. The best the both of you can hope for is to postpone that day as long as you can. It is the dilemma of commitment.
Our thoughts are with Zoë Keating and her family. If yours are too, you can send her condolences or a donation at her artist site.