She happened upon a tiny book,
from the Lovers Library series ...
It contains one of her favourite poems ...
If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say,
"I love her for her smile ... her look ... her way
Of speaking gently, ... for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day" -
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee, - and love so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity's, wiping my cheeks dry,
Since one might well forget to weep who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby.
But love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou mayest love on through love's eternity.
Given to Tommy by Florry,
Dec 6th 1901.
she wishes that there was no such emotion as love.
So that when a loved one departs this world,
it would not be so hard to bear.
Just over a week ago they lost a dear family friend.
A strong and clever man with a twinkling eye.
A man they respected,
their adopted patriarch.
He lived a long life,
but the loss of dignity that made him cry,
was a cruel blow at his life's end.
The insufferable pain so hard to witness.
They miss him.