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The Least Expected Happened

Sixteen years ago, April 10th happened to be Good Friday. It was also the day my husband, Bill, died. Today, April 10th is just an ordinary Thursday and beginning to feel like Spring, but I want to write about that Good Friday anyway.

Every fall when the temperature hovers near freezing, son Gunnar takes the pier out, son Bill drains the pipes and I clean out the fridge. Only three things remain to be done – scatter a few moth balls, turn off gas and electricity – and leave my end of summer note:IMG_1104

Only Bill didn’t return in April that Spring 0f ’98

In May of ’97 we learned that he had colon cancer, followed by three surgeries, a long anticipated November hunting trip to Wyoming with son, Bill, and rounds of chemo when he got back. With only one left, and feeling happily optimistic, he and Bill shared his last weekend fishing on the Mississippi. Gunnar had just come home with the end of hockey season, and a few days later Bill had a massive stroke. In the ER he held my daughter Betsy’s eyes as the doctor explained that the clot buster TRC could possibly reverse the stroke or cause his death. And that, it did.


Life resumes, and every year Spring does arrive in April, but the missing him is always tucked inside all of us.

I look forward now to telling my grandkids how well he lived his 63 years, knowing that someday I’m going to catch up to him and his whole strong self.

3 thoughts on “The Least Expected Happened

  1. Susie, I sense your heart in the room with me as I read these words, see them as if in a three-way mirror: from looking back through this moment until that day you and Bill are reunited. . . and I am pulled deeply into your story and wish, again, I had known him. Thank you for sharing about it.


  2. I often remember that day…the unfairness of it all.

    I remember his send off, too. The packed church. The friends Who stood and paid wonderful Tribute to your husband. The courage of you and Gunnar To speak at that time. The love of Your family

    Remember Bill with your whole Heart.

    I have always loved that fishing Picture. 🙂


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