Her husband had died ten years earlier, but she was suddenly receiving mail with his name on it. Was it for him, or from him?
One day in the middle of January, I was in the living room sifting through the mail when I came across an envelope addressed to my late husband, Bruce. I hadn’t gotten mail for him since shortly after he died, in 2004—a good 10 years before. Well, I shouldn’t say good. We were married 55 years and I still missed him every day.
I missed going to craft fairs with him. The carnations he’d give me “just because.” Our Valentine’s Day celebrations. That was a really special day for us because Bruce had proposed to me on February 14. I always baked him a heart-shaped cake, vanilla with pink icing. Bruce always made sure to get me an extra-romantic present.
I touched the gold heart charm on my necklace, the last Valentine’s gift Bruce had given me. Why was I suddenly getting mail for him now, 10 years later? It seemed almost cruel, a reminder of how long I had been alone.
I opened the envelope. Inside was a hundred-dollar check from a hospital, made out to Bruce L. Waters, and a note explaining that it was a settlement from a class-action lawsuit. I couldn’t cash it, so I put it back in the mail with a copy of his death notice. There. At least now I wouldn’t be getting any more reminders that Bruce was no longer with me.
Just two weeks later, though, I received another envelope from the hospital. This time it was addressed to me, as was the check inside. Somebody really wanted me to have $100! I set it aside and picked up the next piece of mail.
A thick envelope with a computer-generated address label. Junk mail. I was about to toss it when I noticed the name on the label. Bruce L. Waters. Again?
I ripped open the envelope, part annoyed, part dismayed, and pulled out an offer card. From the Danbury Mint. A beautiful gold heart pendant, inlaid with rhinestones.
The price? Ninety-nine dollars. яндекс
I sent away for the necklace. I knew Bruce would have wanted me to have it. It arrived just in time for Valentine’s Day, with an inscription engraved on the back—I Love You.