Christie and Alex had been married for over ten years, but they never had children.
Instead, they dedicated all their energy to their careers during this time, but it also meant they started drifting apart.
Traditionally, on Valentine’s Day and their anniversary, Alex and Christie would have dinner at a simple restaurant. But over the years, these outings had become more routine than romantic, and Christie longed for something more.
Christie’s dream had always been to explore the world, immerse herself in different cultures, and create unforgettable memories. With no children to tie them down, she saw this dream as a way to strengthen their bond.
However, Alex always declined her travel proposals, citing it as too expensive, and insisting they needed to save money for their retirement. As a result, Christie’s once vibrant love began to wither as she felt her life turning into a mundane routine of work and sleep.
Tragedy strikes when Alex is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, forcing Christie to confront their declining affection while accepting the fact that their days together are now limited.
One day, returning from work, Christie receives a call from the hospital. The nurse’s voice is grave: “Mrs. Carson, your husband is not in good condition. It’s better if you come here immediately.”
Christie rushes to the hospital, emotionally overwhelmed, wondering where their relationship went wrong. When she arrives, Alex can barely speak, but he tries to express his feelings to her.
“Christie, I know I haven’t been able to prove it to you, but I want you to know that I love you more than anything in the world. I realized at some point that this love may not have been reciprocated between us,” he said.
His labored breathing fails to conceal the pain behind his words. Tears well up in Christie’s eyes as he continues, “I love you, Christie, and I didn’t expect to leave this world so soon. I had so many plans for us.”
Alex reaches out his hand, and Christie takes it, “These are my last hours, and there’s nothing I’d like more than to spend them with you. And when I die, I’d like to take a piece of you with me. So please, at my funeral, put something in my pocket so I can keep it forever.”
Touched, Christie replied, “I promise to do that, Alex. Don’t worry about me. I’ll manage on my own. Rest peacefully and watch over me from above.”
During their final hours together, they listened to music, relived cherished memories, and sat in comforting silence. As night fell, Alex gently closed his eyes and never woke up.
During his funeral, Christie placed her locket in the pocket of her coat, a sweet symbol of their love. In that pocket, she found a note written by Alex:
I have loved you all my life, and I am glad I chose to spend the rest of my life with you. I regret that, in trying to prove my love to you, I forgot to live in the present, and because of that, somewhere along the way, we drifted apart.
I remember when we were younger, you spoke about your lifelong dream: opening a café by the ocean, where you could bake your delicious cake recipes and serve hearty meals to customers. I never forgot that dream, and it’s what motivated me every day to work so hard. I’m sorry for taking up all my time and neglecting you in the process.
I was so close to seeing you achieve that dream, Christie. In my safe, there is a bank booklet in your name. I saved enough money for you to open your business. There’s also an envelope with documents for purchasing land with a small cottage overlooking the sea. That’s where you can set up your café.
I didn’t plan to leave the earth so soon. I wanted to open this café with you. I’m sorry I’m not there with you to make this project a reality, but know that I am always with you in thought and spirit.
I love you with all my heart, forever. Alex.
Christie was deeply moved and wished she could turn back time. She talked to Alex, sharing her unfinished dreams, and gradually found the strength to move forward.
In memory of her beloved husband, Christie launched “Uncle Alex’s Seaside Cafe,” thus realizing a lifelong dream. It stands as a testament to enduring love and a reminder that sometimes, a heart-wrenching loss is needed to reignite the fires of love and ambition.
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