Wednesday, November 9, 2011

For Mary

He looked down at her tired and wasted body.  But he saw the fifteen year old girl he fell in love with on that playground so many years ago.  He saw the 21 year old bride walking down the aisle toward him.  He saw the 26 year old mother of three smiling as he came in the door from night school.  He saw so many more images from over the years.  He saw beauty, and grace, and sweetness, and love.

The man leaned over and kissed her. "If this beauty is a hint of the beauty of God, then this is a God I can love.  If your goodness is a hint of the goodness of God, this is a God I can love.  If our love is a hint of God's love for us, this is a God I can love.  Mary, you show me what God must be like, and I love you for it.  Be still and go with God now."

She took one last breath and was gone.  And he cried a little, not for her death but for the wonder of the life she had given him -- a 53 year love affair that never ended.

And he would keep her in his heart until it was his time to go, and the love affair would go on forever.  He smiled at the thought.

Written by Joe Scullion
Joe and Mary Scullion with grandson PJ in 1986
November 9, 2011


  1. Vicki,
    This is beautiful. My heart feels the joy of Joe's love for Mary and sadness for the time they will be apart. What a wonderful way to say good-bye until they meet again.

  2. These are some of the most beautiful words I have ever had the privilege of reading. I could truly feel the love he felt for her. It most certainly brought tears to my eyes. I am sorry for his and your loss and may her soul rest peacefully while she waits for him to be at her side once again. <3

    My prayers go out to your family.

    -Dania Tome

  3. Vicki, Please thank Joe and let him know how touched I was by his writing. We should be so lucky to have such a long and strong love in our lives. I am sorry for your families loss.
    Love, Gloria

  4. Thank you all for the kind words of sympathy. I know that Joe appreciates them.