No, I haven’t found another man. Although my late husband Bill has been gone four years, I still love him. This Valentine’s Day, while others celebrate love for those still living, I still love a man who has left this world.
In light of Debbie Reynolds’ passing, I thought it would be nice to sing her 1957 hit, “Tammy,” during my performances at Sugarland Ridge and Westview last month. I now realize the song is also about me but in a different way. The following poem illustrates this. Click on the title to hear me read it.
Like the whispering cottonwood,
hooting owl, whippoorwill,
melting snow dripping off the roof announces it.
The crow in the distance caws it.
The sun in the sky shouts it.
The cold winter breeze sighs it.
Although he’s no longer a part of this world,
He’s still with me in spirit.
I long to be in his arms
where I’ll sing for joy.
Now here’s my rendition of “Tammy.” Happy Valentine’s Day.
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