It was 8 years ago this Thanksgiving , that my husband , Joe , received the news of ” small cell lung cancer ” . We had 5 months that became the gift that I treasure .
Joe was a retired Lt. Col. in the Army , an engineer , father of our 7 children , Irish stamp expert , proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren and a friend to hundreds of folks all over the world because of his philatelic involvement .
He was a busy person , but in those 5 mos . we were focused completely on each other and they are the gifts I remember.
When Joe was dying , we talked about what it might be like . I gave him the image of our little girl, Maureen , who had died at 5 yrs. old , running to meet him and taking him by the hand to heaven .
I keep that image forever in my heart .