Dear Coleen, Thank you for the kind note. You know Tom and I used to bake cakes. I didn’t like making the cake but I loved making it look much too good to eat. So he would come in the kitchen and do the baking and I would decorate and then we would give half of them to someone else. We had a bachelor neighbor who loved it when we would go in the kitchen together. Tom could tell the corniest jokes and, for some reason, they made me laugh! Not long after we were married, I became upset with him over something – I don’t remember what – and I said “That’s It. I’m out of here!” He looked at me and said “Where are we going? Don’t think you are going to leave me here.” Neither of us ever threatened to leave again but we often laughed that we would go together so might as well stay home. He was so kind to everyone especially our daughter, grandson and me. Tom adopted my daughter when she was 12 after we were married – my ex was not much of a father and signed the adoption papers after I threatened him for not paying child support for years. The adoption was Tom’s idea. He called me at the office about a week after we were married and told me he had gone to see a lawyer and he hoped I wasn’t upset. Well, we had only known each other two months so I was a little leery of what he was about to say. He then told me he went to see how/when he could adopt Irene and he was worried because he hadn’t discussed it with me. Irene was my bridesmaid when Tom and I were married and when we were pronounced man and wife, she turned around and said “Hey Dad”. So I knew she wanted to have his name and the adoption went through without a hitch after the social worked talked with our neighbor who asked why he was adopting his own daughter. It’s been that was ever since. Thanks for making me think of the good times. I’m trying to go off some depression medicine and I think probably that’s a bad idea right now. Will talk with my doc on Tuesday. Happy Memorial Day to all of you and if you still have your loved one, no matter what the circumstances, hug them, tell them you love them, let them eat ice cream if they want it and make as many memories as you possible can.