Love can Sometimes find You

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Mandy was devastated when her husband Peter died suddenly. She had always assumed they would grow old together, but at 53 she suddenly found herself alone and scared. Read on to find out more

Love can sometimes find You

When Mandy was told that Peter had died, she couldn't believe it. He had gone out of the house that morning to go to work the same as always. He had kissed her goodbye, when he brought her tea in bed, and called “ Have a nice day.” Then he closed the front door, and she heard him drive away. After she had drunk her tea, she had got up, the house needed cleaning, the dog needed walking, and it was a lovely bright sunny June day.

After getting all her chores done, Mandy put Rex in to the garden, she made sure he had a bowl of water, and was content in the knowledge that he would probably spend the afternoon snoozing under the shade of the apple tree. She had decided to go shopping, there was a family wedding coming up soon, and she needed to get a new outfit.

There was a new shopping complex that had opened up on the other side of town, so this was a very good reason to check it out. She hummed to herself as she drove there, life was good, she was loved by the most wonderful man, she had recently become a grand mother, and she had a job she enjoyed very much. Working 3 days a week at a local high class china shop, was not only rewarding, but also had allowed her to make some good friends. She also enjoyed using her staff discount to buy beautiful china and crystal, and Peter had bought her a new cabinet to house it all.

But one evening everything changed

When it got to 7o'clock, and no word from Peter, she wasn't too concerned. He had left his mobile at home. It had taken a while to persuade him to get one, Peter was set in his ways, and couldn't see that he needed one, and now he couldn't remember to pick it up. She smiled to herself when she thought he must be the only person who couldn't be contacted, but in time she was sure he would get to realise the value of a mobile phone. She certainly couldn't manage without hers.

Emma had phoned up and asked her to babysit, and Mandy was delighted, still basking in the euphoria of being a new grand mother, helping out was a good excuse to see her beautiful new grand son. She had cooked a beef casserole, so she left it in the slow cooker, and a note on the side, so her absent minded husband would realise it was for him, but she thought wryly, surely the aroma would surely lead him right to it?

She came back from Emma's at about 11 o'clock, and was perturbed to see the house in darkness. Now that was strange, if Peter went out he always left not only the hall light on, but also the porch one. A cold finger of fear gripped her as she opened the door, only to find Rex sleepily staggering out of the kitchen to greet her. Wherever was Peter?

As she went around putting on lights, she saw the figure of their neighbour, who was a policeman coming up the drive. She knew before she even opened the door to him that something terrible had happened. Then he made her sit down, and with a grave face announced that Peter had died, he had collapsed at work, and despite the best efforts of the paramedics, nothing could be done to save him. It had been a blood clot

This is what happened afterwards

She couldn't remember what happened after that, it all became a blur, people came and went, her children were there, but she felt like she was in a long tunnel, and they were at the end of it, trying to get her to walk through, but she didn't want to, she just wanted to stay in the darkness and try and make sense of this devastating news. Her darling, the love of her life, who never seemed to be ill, or get any older, had been cruelly snatched from her by the hand of death. She had laughed and cried with him, leaned on his strength, and suddenly he was no longer there, she was alone,insecure and afraid.

She didn't truly believe it until she saw him in the chapel of rest, his face looked so peaceful she was convinced he had gone to heaven, and somehow that helped, to know he had known nothing, and had not suffered. God was giving her the strength to carry on, she knew it was what Peter would have wanted, and she owed it to their children to show she could cope, she had no intention of being a burden to them.

So she threw herself into her job, keeping busy seemed to help. Rex missed his master, and became the rock she needed , his love and loyalty became even stronger towards her, and she found his presence very comforting. She put on this outward show of calmness, safe in the knowledge that no-one could see the pain that was in her heart. It was too private and all consuming to share.

She made the effort to go to friends when she was invited, although she hated the fact that she was single, and they were all couples, after 30 years of his company, the huge loss of Peter continued to dominate her life. She assured her children she was ok, showing a bright smile to convince them, but firmly resisted all their attempts to persuade her to join a club, and try to meet another partner.
“ But mum, you're only 53, you can't enjoy life on your own.” declared Emma, but Mandy was adamant. “ I am fine really I am, with my job, some good friends, and our lovely dog.”

How could anyone come close to Peter? He was irreplaceable, and in her eyes, a hard act to follow. This dead feeling inside her, turned to a feeling of nausea at the thought of anyone taking his place, it wouldn't be right. She just couldn't move on.

Three years passed

George was quite unlike any other man she had met before. He was a builder, and when she went to visit her elderly dad, there he was whistling and cracking jokes over the fence of the house next door that he was building, when she walked up the path. She fixed a bright smile onto her face, as she passed him, but it seemed she wasn't the attraction, Rex was, he loved dogs, and he petted him whilst remarking what a handsome boy he was. She was relieved that was the main reason he spoke to her, she wanted to stay as she was, with no complications in her life.

And this pleasant state of affairs continued for months, every day she found herself warming to his cheeky sense of humour. He enjoyed walking, so they went for long walks with Rex, and she found out he was divorced, and happily single just like her, and they soon became the best of friends. Before she knew it, they were spending holidays together, he insisted they booked ones which included Rex, and suddenly one day it hit her, Rex was the reason he spent time with her, and to her great surprise, she found herself feeling jealous.

She invited him to spend Christmas with her and meet the family, and he willingly accepted. When she told the children they teased her about her new man.
“ Don't be so silly,” she said blushing. “ He loves dogs, Rex is the attraction.”

Emma didn't believe a word of it, but she said nothing, her mother was such a stubborn and independent lady. Nevertheless she was glad to have the opportunity to meet the man who seemed to be quite a big part of her mother's life. When she saw how he made her mother laugh, and his cheeky sense of humour, she knew that he was the tonic her mother needed, she might think she was fooling them with her apparent brave front, but mum was lonely without dad, and Emma's heart ached for her.

George had bided his time

After meeting Emma and James, Georger could feel their friendliness towards him. Mandy' s family were so nice, he had been alone for 17 years , after his short lived marriage had ended in divorce. After spending two years with a woman who was so self centred and lazy, they had both agreed they were not suited, and he had vowed never to marry again. He was very set in his ways, and enjoyed being single, well he thought he had, until he met Mandy.

She had thought his interest in her was because of Rex, and he had tried to convince himself that 's all it was, but he was now finding on the days he didn't spend with her, he was missing her. He loved her bright smile, her strength of character, he even liked her stubborn nature , and her very lack of selfishness, as her dog and her family were very important to her, and her own well being always seemed to be last on her list.

So on Boxing Day,after he had enjoyed a great day with Mandy and the family, he suggested they took Rex out for his late night walk. Whilst they were strolling along, feeling a bit bolder than usual after some Christmas cheer he found himself saying.

“ How do you fancy moving in together, it's true two can live as cheaply as one.?”

Mandy knowing his sense of humour, wasn't convinced,. But she quipped back.

“ What a good idea, then you can see Rex all the time.”

As soon as she said it, she realised it sounded like she was jealous, well maybe she was. How pathetic she was, she didn't even understand herself.

“ Well of course that's the main reason.” he grinned, but turning suddenly he took her hand, and in the whole year she had known him, for the first time she heard George speak seriously.

“ I didn't want to fall for you Mandy, I have been happily single for 17 years, but I have had such a laugh with you over the past year, I just need you in my life, I don't feel complete.” there he had said it, the truth was out. He became bolder.
“ I know you will always love Peter, and I respect that, but we only get one life, and we can't waste a minute of it when we find someone that make us happy. If I can put a smile on your face for the rest of our lives, that will make me happy. What do you say?”

Mandy felt the strength of his grip on her hand, the laughter in his eyes, and the comforting feel of his presence. Peter would understand , she felt he had sent George to her. No-one would replace Peter ever, but her life must go on.

“ Let's go home and talk about it,” she said, squeezing his hand back. For the first time in 4 years, she felt ready to move on.

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Children, Company, Died, Divorced, Dog, Emma, Family, George, Laugh, Mandy, Moving On, Peter, Rex, Single, Tragic, Walks

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Retired
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Wonderful story!

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author avatar Carol
16th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks for reading Starrleena

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author avatar Connie McKinney
15th Aug 2013 (#)

What a lovely, touching story. Thanks, Carol.

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author avatar Carol
16th Aug 2013 (#)

Glad you like it Connie

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Nice post

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author avatar Carol
16th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you Madan

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author avatar LOVERME
15th Aug 2013 (#)

ARRIVAL IS AWAITED
..ALL COME ALONG
..BUT DEPARTURE IS UNANNOUNCED AS ALWAYS
SAD BUT TRUE ALL THIS KNEW

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author avatar Carol
16th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks for reading Loverme

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Aug 2013 (#)

lovely indeed Carol...hugs

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author avatar Carol
16th Aug 2013 (#)

oh bless you Carolina

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author avatar Grumpybear
16th Aug 2013 (#)

Good page Carol, read it to the end without realizing it had got my interest. :)

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author avatar Carol
16th Aug 2013 (#)

I am glad it held you Grumpybear

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author avatar Mariah
16th Aug 2013 (#)

What a lovely story Carol got so engrossed..I really look forward to your short stories and enjoyed reading this very much too
Thank you Mariah

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author avatar Carol
16th Aug 2013 (#)

So glad you liked it Mariah

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
16th Aug 2013 (#)

You are an artist with the pen dear carol
God bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Carol
16th Aug 2013 (#)

Bless you Stella for reading

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Aug 2013 (#)

This story will resonate with many across the world, Carol. Memories are stored in the recesses of our minds and on recall anytime, but we have to look forward. One has to keep taking decisions and make them work - siva

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author avatar Carol
18th Aug 2013 (#)

Yes Siva I agree, many thanks

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author avatar Delicia Powers
18th Aug 2013 (#)

Beautiful Carol...

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author avatar Carol
18th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks for reading Delicia

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author avatar Retired
22nd Aug 2013 (#)

Great article!

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author avatar Carol
22nd Aug 2013 (#)

Many thanks Maslacak

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author avatar Gill Brecknell
29th Jan 2017 (#)

What a good read Carol thanks for that xx

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