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Today is the first day......


.... of the rest of my life, to be by myself

My wife, Marie, died twelve days ago and Friday was her funeral, we had been married just shy of 39 years. Today my family go back to their own homes and life goes on. Marie left a letter that I found after she died. There was also  a card with it containing the verse you see in the image on it, she thought it said it all. She suffered from a number of illnesses and died of heart failure, just passed away. Still life goes on, my family is still there, just spread about a bit, and this is image a tribute to Marie, may we see each other again in the future.

The verse was written by a man called Leo Marks on Christmas Eve 1943 in memory to his girlfriend Ruth who died in a pane crash in Canada. On the 24th March 1944 it was issued to Violette Szabo, a French agent of the Special Operations Executive, as a code key for the encryption of messages. She was eventually captured and killed by the Nazis. It was made famous by its inclusion in the film about Violette , called Carve her Name with Pride.

The figures are a Salt and Pepper Cruet set given to Marie a few years ago by our neighbours and she liked them so much they were put on display, never to be used. I always felt there was a picture to be made out of them, just not in these circumstances.

Today is the first day......


.... of the rest of my life, to be by myself

My wife, Marie, died twelve days ago and Friday was her funeral, we had been married just shy of 39 years. Today my family go back to their own homes and life goes on. Marie left a letter that I found after she died. There was also  a card with it containing the verse you see in the image on it, she thought it said it all. She suffered from a number of illnesses and died of heart failure, just passed away. Still life goes on, my family is still there, just spread about a bit, and this is image a tribute to Marie, may we see each other again in the future.

The verse was written by a man called Leo Marks on Christmas Eve 1943 in memory to his girlfriend Ruth who died in a pane crash in Canada. On the 24th March 1944 it was issued to Violette Szabo, a French agent of the Special Operations Executive, as a code key for the encryption of messages. She was eventually captured and killed by the Nazis. It was made famous by its inclusion in the film about Violette , called Carve her Name with Pride.

The figures are a Salt and Pepper Cruet set given to Marie a few years ago by our neighbours and she liked them so much they were put on display, never to be used. I always felt there was a picture to be made out of them, just not in these circumstances.

comments (13)

  • graham pickett
  • SOUTHSEA ENGLAND
  • 30 Aug 2009, 00:54
So sorry Les,from what you have said about Marie today she was a very special person and you have been so lucky to have shared your life with her those 39 years. You cared for her when she was not well,but try and remember all the good times you spent together.
Les Auld: She was indeed Graham, thanks you for your kind words, I do appreciate them.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 30 Aug 2009, 07:31
My condolences Les.

A fine tribute
Les Auld: Thanks you Tony for your kind words.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Aug 2009, 07:55
Oh Les, I am so sorry to hear read this, I hope that you get the strength from those around you and your family and that the cruet set with a reminder of all your happy years to go.
Les Auld: Thanks you Alan, the cruet set indeed does have pride of place, thanks you for your kind words.
Sorry to hear about your lose Les, my condolences also.
Les Auld: Thank you Michael, I appreciate your kind words.
I can only say how very sorry I am Les.
Les Auld: Thanks you Bill, I appreciate your kindness in commenting
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Aug 2009, 09:42
This is very touching Les. I hope that in time you will be able to pick up the pieces and find the person you now have to be...
Les Auld: It will take time Chris but indeed life will go on, thanks you for your kind words.
We are so sorry to hear this news,and we know it must be difficult for you. Please be strong Les. As you say..life goes on.
Les Auld: Indeed life does go on Ron, thank you for your kind words.
I'm so sorry to hear your sad news Les. What a fine tribute this is to Marie I'm sure you can remember all the happy times you had together over those 39 years and know that you couldn't have done any better than spend your life with her.
Les Auld: Thanks you for your kinds words Brian, there were may happy times and I shall indeed remember them.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Aug 2009, 20:33
It is a beautiful tribute Les - moving words and a fine image. I am so sorry for your loss
Les Auld: Thank you Paul, I appreciate your kindness in commenting.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 31 Aug 2009, 12:16
My heart is broken for you, my dear Les. 39 years is a life-time of being with someone. To go on without her by your side will sometimes be unbearable. But I pray that Time will hold your hand and comfort you...and that we who remain with you, spread about a bit, will also be of comfort to you, in whatever way we can.

Thank you for sharing this, Les. Thank you for being vulnerable. Thank you for letting us comfort you. This, too, is part of your healing. Thank you.
Les Auld: Thanks you Ginnie for your kind and thoughtful words. Time will provide som e form of healing I suppose but, as my son said, "No one really dies unless they are truly forgotten" and Marie will never be.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Sep 2009, 05:40
Dear Les, my condolences.
It was Brian Walbey who send us the link to your picture with the sad news.
My thoughts are with you and I know your Marie will never be forgotten like your son said.
I do hope that SC will give you some comfort to go on.
It is good to know that we care.
This post is a wonderful tribute to a very special person, thank you for sharing this loss.
Les Auld: Thank you Astrid for your kind words, it took me a while to decide just whether to post anything but no, in retrospect, I am glad I did as it has helped me move on.
What a lovely tribute Les. I'm so, so sorry to hear your very sad news Les.
Les Auld: Thank you Bernie I do appreciate your kind words.
Hi Les, Yours is one of the few blogs I read on a regular basis but having been away, I missed this post. I am shocked by your sad news and feel lost for meaningful word. I shed a tear with you at this sad time. I hope your photography gives you strength and many happy memories. My sincere regards Alistair
Les Auld: Thanks you Alistair, it was completely unexpected which made it more difficult, even though she was quite ill. I appreciate your kind words and am grateful for your thoughts at this time.

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