Yesterday was International Widows Day as declared by United Nations.
While things are not rosy here in the USA for Widows, at the very least we don't have customs that strip us of other rights.
Around the globe, there are people that are widowed that then have to face losing their house, their children, their property. They may be forced to marry a member of their husband's family. They may not be allowed to actually own property which means that they along with their children could be out on the street. WOW, talk about perspective. I had to sell my house, but it was mine to sell. I moved across the country and lived with my parents but that was MY choice. I had choices. I know I am lucky.
Yesterday, Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation took the opportunity to feature love stories of widows on their FB page.
Our love story was lucky enough to be picked. I was so excited to share Robert's smile and love with other people. It actually made me happy to be able to share him and our history with other people. I thought that it would be hard, but really it wasn't. I was excited to have other people have a glimpse into us and our love before our world was shattered.
As I looked through all of the posts, I saw happy and smiling people. I saw that before everyone was shattered, we smiled. We were happy. Before we were shattered we were happy.
This is something that I hadn't really put a lot of thought to. I know we were happy, I know we had a great marriage, I say it all the time. But SEEING our happiness with my own eyes, that was a new perspective. So while yesterday was all about advocating and bringing to light circumstances around the globe, what it really did was open my eyes. It opened my eyes to the pure joy that I used to feel and instead of making me sad, it made me want to have that again.