They all came en masse. They came and they captured. Captured my house, captured my life. Suddenly, everything I did, everyone I talked to was under scrutiny. Is this the way to live? You can’t just unleash three daughters, three sons and a grand total of sixteen grandchildren on anyone!
“Daddy we worry about you!” they exclaim.
I am not some small child. I don’t need their support. Apparently, my wife’s death has been a great shock to me. So what? Death of a spouse does that to you. But that doesn’t mean I will stop living. I miss my Eliza, but what’s gone is gone.
There was a time when it was us, who used to take care of them. They grew up and then left our nest. But Eliza was not sad. She used to say, “Darling, if we don’t let the birds fly and test their wings, they will die of suffocation here. Let them go and meet their destinies.”
“Daddy, what would you like for dinner?” my eldest, Sarah asks me.
She reminds me of Eliza in so many ways. Her caring nature, and how she mothers upon all her siblings is like my wife’s rebirth. Johnny and James take after me in looks, but their tender heart is all Eliza’s. How excited she was when she realized we were having twins! I can still remember the emotions shinning on her face.
“Yo dad! You wanna have a drink?” Rach yells. She is the youngest of them all and the most independent. I see her playing cards with Lee and Lauren, our second set of twins.
“Yeah sure.” I yell back.
“As you like it.”
I take a look around. This is the house where we first started our family. 50 years of togetherness. The shrieks and the laughter of my grandchildren fills my heart with happiness. All my children have done well. And the fact that they all left their busy lives to give me some company means a lot to me. We’ve done quite good, haven’t we, Eliza?
I miss her. There is some kind of fatigue in my bones. I laugh, but my laughter feels incomplete without her. I again take a look at my legacy. Seeing the proof of our love makes me content.
Now I am free to join my Eliza. Taking a last deep breath, I let go.