The story was a classic example of a “you-presume-I-assume” kind of relationship wherein one of the couple thinks that they do not need to say what they feel to their partners because they assumed that their partners have already knew it.
Connie and Bill, the two major characters of the story, have been married for 32 years. No children but loved each other very much. They spent their retirement by traveling until Connie got sick and went into the final stages of her fight against cancer.
It was Bill’s nature that frustrated Connie. He’s not an expressive type of person. Neither vocal about what he felt. Just like any ordinary man in the world. And Connie, being the romantic type, although deep in her heart she knew that Bill loves her, she still needed to hear it.
Bobbie, worked at the hospital where Connie was admitted, became acquainted with the couple. She became Connie’s confidant. One day, when she got the chance to talk to Bill, she told him about Connie’s frustrations – how desperately she wanted to receive a flower and a card from the man she married. A simple task which she knew would not hurt Bill.
After giving it a much thought, Bill did what his loving wife wanted. He told her how much he loved her and how much he loved being married to her. He also gave her flowers and valentine’s card, a few hours before she succumbed to cancer. Bill was very thankful to Bobbie for telling him about. He had seen so much happiness in Connie’s eyes. He was pleased that he had made his wife happy in her last moment.
Sometimes, we can really make somebody happy just by telling them how wonderful they are and how much we loved them. Simple words could really brighten up one’s day. Appreciation doesn’t have to be expensive. We just have to be a little bit creative in letting them know that we become what we are today because of them.