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Amy Williams Aging in the Family Professor Susan Levy Through these Eyes May 1 Dear Diary Today is the first day of the rest of my life This is what my husband told me on our wedding day That wonderful beautiful day was the first day of the rest of my life too God how I miss him I never expected life to be like this I never expected to live this longthis way Today I am seventy-six years old This journal was a gift from my beloved Christopher on my 75th birthday last year He joked and said I could tell this book all of my secrets now because his hearing was so poor This is my first birthday as a widow and this is my first birthday alone My husband passed away last month at the age of seventy-nine I have no family anymore He was my family I remember as a child I would celebrate my birthdays with my parents and brother At my sixth birthday party shortly before Daddy died I remember the dollhouse that he made for me It was so beautiful He used to call me his little princess and said the dollhouse was my castle That is my fondest memory of my father After Daddy passed on I remember how upset my mother was her eyes so sadso dull They simply stopped shining I couldnt understand then what she was feeling but I understand now Mother did eventually re-marry She was so young though and I am not I feel so empty and it hurts to realize that this is the first day of the rest of my life June 3 Dear Diary Today I cleaned out Christophers closet and all of his clothes still smelled of him I touched his favorite shirt and longed to have his body fill its vacancy When I closed
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