Christie and Alex were married for over ten years, but they never had children.
Instead, they devoted all of their energy to their careers during this time, but it also meant that they began to drift away from each other.
Traditionally, on Valentine’s Day and their anniversary, Alex and Christie would dine at a simple restaurant. But over the years, these outings had become more routine than romantic, and Christie yearned for something more.
Christie’s dream has always been to explore the world, immerse herself in different cultures and create unforgettable memories. Not having children to tie them down, she saw this dream as a way to strengthen their bond.
However, Alex always declined his travel offers, saying it was too expensive and that they needed to save money for retirement. So Christie’s once-vibrant love began to fade as she felt her life descend into a mundane routine of work and sleep.
Tragedy strikes when Alex is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, forcing Christie to confront her declining condition while accepting the fact that his days with her are now limited.
One day, on her way home from work, Christie received a call from the hospital. The nurse’s voice is serious: “Mrs. Carson, your husband is not in good condition. It is best that you come here immediately. »
Christie rushes to the hospital, overcome with emotion, and wonders where their relationship went wrong. When she arrives, Alex is barely able to speak, but he tries to tell her his feelings.
“Christie, I know I couldn’t 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 maybe this love wasn’t reciprocated between us,” he told her.
His labored breathing fails to hide 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 things planned for us. »
Alex held out his hand and Christie took it. “These are my last hours, and there’s nothing I’d love more than to spend them with you.” And when I die, I want to take a piece of you with me. So please, at my funeral, put something in my pocket so I can keep it forever. »
Upset, Christie responded, “I promise I will, Alex.” Do not worry about me. I will manage on my own. Rest easy 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 quietly closed his eyes and never woke up.
At his funeral, Christie placed his locket in his coat pocket, a sweet symbol of their love. In this pocket, she found a note written in Alex’s hand:
I have loved you my whole life and I am happy that I chose to spend the rest of my life with you. I regret that in wanting to prove my love to you, I forgot to live in the present, and that because of that, somewhere, we drifted apart.
I remember when we were younger, you talked about your lifelong dream: to open a cafe by the ocean, where you could prepare your delicious cake recipes and serve hearty meals to customers. I never forgot this dream, and it is what motivated me to work so hard every day. I’m sorry for taking up all my time and neglecting you in this process.
I was so close to seeing you make this dream come true, Christie. In my safe, there is a bank book in your name. I saved enough money there for you to open your business. There is also an envelope with documents for the purchase of land with a small chalet overlooking the sea. This is where you can set up your café.
I hadn’t planned on leaving the earth so soon. I wanted to open this cafe with you. I am sorry not to be by your side 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 very moved and wished she could go back in time. She prayed to Alex, told him about her unfinished dreams and gradually found the strength to move forward.
In memory of her beloved husband, Christie launched “Uncle Alex’s Seaside Cafe,” fulfilling a lifelong dream. It’s a testament to enduring love and a reminder that sometimes it takes heartbreaking loss to reignite the fires of love and ambition.