My late husband David's wedding band of 18-kt. gold and platinum: the real value is the sentiment. A London jeweler inscribed an excerpt of an Alice Walker poem: "...The face I turn to you, no one else on earth has ever seen."
Today is our wedding anniversary and I honour my love; my partner; my champion. David was the first man in my adult life that I could count on to be supportive, no matter what. His belief in me was unfailing. With him, I allowed myself to feel safe. It was a revelation not having to be responsible for every single thing; to know that I had a reliable partner, in every sense of the word.
These last few weeks I have been battling the blues. Some days are better than others. Mostly I am coping, but there are moments of overwhelming sadness and tears. A friend reminded me this week that the greater the love, the greater the grief.
I miss David every day. But I try to focus on the happy times we shared, as a strong foundation for the way forward. I am eternally grateful for the time we had together. David's presence in my life changed everything. My brave and brilliant husband - with his ever-present sense of humour - showed me that truly, love bears all things. And love never dies.