Wednesday Blog – Interview with Alice – A recent widow still grieving, is persuaded to visit the WOE for a week vacation. She is thankful she did!
Good day, fellow WOE Friends,
Hope you all are doing well at the halfway point. My interview with Alice will definitely brighten your day!
I met Alice and her two daughters, Mia and Candy, a few months back while they were on a one-week stay at the World of Entopia. They wanted to share their incredible story with all of you.
I hope you enjoy it!
Alice, now 72, was married for 54 years, to Bart. “They knew their love would last forever, right from the start,” Mia told me.
They did everything together and hated being apart. When Bart would go to work, Alice would count the hours and minutes until he was due back home.
She always made sure to make his favorite meals when he was feeling down or anxious about his job, but he never knew that was the reason she did it. He just knew it cheered him up when he came home to the smell of something he loved.
Alice and Bart did a lot of community service for others. They helped feed the homeless with their church and volunteered in a few outside organizations to help children and veterans.
They loved their life, their family, and each other.
Bart also loved working, even though he was retired. He enjoyed leaving in the morning with his lunch pail, packed with goodies from Alice. Occasionally, she would also write him a love note and include it with his lunch.
As Alice told me this story, she would need to stop for a moment or two because she couldn’t stop tearing up. Her daughters both consoled her as she went along and wept.
“Three months ago, Bart went out for his part-time job at the mall. I gave him a kiss and handed him his lunch pail. I watched him walk to the car and waved as he drove off.
I closed the door and looked at the clock. I only had 7 hours and 20 minutes to go until my lover pulled back into that driveway.
At 12:00 p.m., the phone rang. I answered it, and this lady told me she was an employee at the mall and there was a problem with Bart. She said he was rushed to the hospital and I should go right away.
I called Candy and Mia. Mia was able to come to get me. I was so scared and terrified. When we got to the hospital, we found where he was at and rushed to the room. It was too late. He had already passed,” Alice recalled as she started breaking down.
“We found out dad had a heart attack. We didn’t even know he had a heart condition,” Mia said.
“By the time Candy got to the hospital, dad had already been taken away. All that was left was his lunch pail, which he had with him when he collapsed on the floor. Mom opened it and inside was the note she wrote to him. It was already opened, so she was glad he read it even before lunch.”
“I’m sure Bart wanted to see what he had waiting for him at lunch,” Alice said, chuckling.
Alice went into a deep depression soon after and refused to do anything around the house or for herself. She missed him terribly and was heartbroken she never got to say goodbye to the man she loved so much.
Mia and Candy were so concerned that at one point they thought of having her move in with one of them.
“After three, long and dark months, a letter showed up in the mail,” Mia said.
Just then, Alice looked up at me with a huge smile. I asked her why she had the smile?
“It all got better from there,” she said.
Mia went on to say, “The letter was an invitation for the three of us to stay at the World of Entopia, for a week, for free!
Mom and dad were WOE Members and had stayed in Mayberry Town at least five times in the past.”
“They said they were sorry for the loss of Bart and knew I had been taking it badly, so they invited me, Mia, and Candy to come and stay at Mayberry Town,” Alice excitedly told me.
“On the very first night we were here, I had a beautiful dream! I dreamed Bart, and I were together, and we did all sorts of enjoyable activities. He looked great!
On the second night, I dreamed Bart and I were here, watching shows and enjoying roller skating together.
On the third night, we revisited all the birthday parties we had for the girls, our wedding, and then, the most unusual dream; Bart was sitting at the dining room table eating his favorite meal, when he stopped, looked up at me and said, ‘Thank you, Alice, for always being there for me and always loving me. I will forever be with you in spirit.’
I told him how much I loved him and how grateful I was to have had all the time we did together.
Then, he started to disappear right in front of me slowly. When he was gone, I got up and took his plate and cleaned it and put it back in the cabinet. I was at peace.
The next morning, I was going through my purse at breakfast and found the letter I wrote to him. For some reason, I opened it up and looked at it, but didn’t cry. Then Mia said, ‘Mom, there is something written on the back.’ I flipped it over, and there was a message that read, ‘Have fun! Don’t do anything we wouldn’t do together. Until we meet again. All my love, Bart.’”
Thanks for reading! Until next time,