Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love and Remembrance by Patricia Forsythe



We romance writers are crazy about Valentine’s Day – and contrary to popular belief, it’s not only because of the chocolate.  We’re simply enthralled by the idea of a holiday devoted to love since that’s what we write about.  I’ve been writing romance novels for many years.  Well, okay, many, many years. Each time I start a new book, I’m  excited to tell the story of two people who actually live only in my head, but whom I hope will soon live in readers’ hearts. 
 

While it’s true that I’ve always been a dreamer, I’ve always been an observer, too, and I like watching people.  Seeing two people in love is uplifting and inspiring whether it’s a couple who have recently come together, ones who have been together for a while, or those who have been together for decades.  The long-marrieds are my favorites because they have been through some tough times but have stayed together.  For many, this is a conscious choice they probably had to make over and over again.   Making that choice is a courageous thing to do.

Recently, a long time friend of mine passed away, leaving her husband of more than forty years, her children and grandchildren, to mourn her.  She was an elementary school teacher for many years, an exceptional one who inspired her students to do better than they ever thought they could.  She was also very funny.  The hardest I’ve ever laughed in my life was while hearing her tell the story of the day her youngest son was born and the arguments she had with the hospital staff about whether or not she was really in labor.  This was her fifth child so she knew what was happening and the sudden appearance of her baby boy finally ended the disagreement. 

She and her husband were two of those with a special  bond forged in good times and bad.  While he and their family mourn, they will also remember her forever.  In my opinion, that’s the whole reason for love – to be remembered.
Patricia Forsythe is the author of more than thirty romances.  Her first Harlequin Heartwarming is Her Lone Cowboy, available in June 2015.

9 comments:

  1. A nice post! I agree about being remembered, and I'd like it to be the way you remember your friend--by people laughing really hard.

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  2. Beautiful post and I agree too. Being able to make people laugh and leaving them with those happy memories is a wonderful gift.

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  3. What an inspring story. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Valentine’s Day is a favorite of mine. Over the years, I’ve known many couples who kept romance alive in their marriages, and I treasure those close friendships. It’s always so sad when one of the partners is lost. Lovely post.

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  5. What a nice post to wake up to, Patricia. We're one of those long-marrieds who remain together because of the tolerance of the other and all the funny things we still laugh about together. I'm with Liz. I'd like my memorial celebration to be a laugh-fest.

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  6. Patricia, this is such a lovely post. It brought tears to my eyes. My dad died about a year and a half ago and my mom lost her love of fifty-two years. There is something truly incredible about a bond that grows stronger through both the good and bad years.

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  7. What a lovely post. Heart wrenching for me.

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  8. It's so beautiful to see two people who have been together a long time still inspiring each other and laughing together. Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories.

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  9. Very touching post. Thanks for sharing.

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