Barnes and Miriam were a senior couple who lived together for several years but were not married. It was really sweet to see them together. Their devotion and enjoyment of each of other’s company was clearly evident.
Miriam’s daughter Joanne was an only child. Joanne built a beautiful new home and decided to move Miriam into her spare bedroom in the back of her new house.
Over Miriam’s protests, Joanne sold Miriam’s home and sent Barnes to live with his son several hours away. Miriam went from living in her own home to a single bedroom in her daughter’s house.
She and Barnes were devastated. He came to see her once only to be sent packing by Joanne who warned him and his son that she would call the police if he returned.
True Love Will Not Be Denied
Barnes was determined to see Miriam again and departed mid-morning one day to make the journey. It was a hot summer day and his old car broke down. He did not have a cellphone and so he waited for a passerby. Waiting in the hot car, he was overcome with heat exhaustion and passed out. He eventually was taken to the hospital where he died.
He never saw Miriam again.
Twenty years have passed and yet this story bothers me still. I ignored Joanne’s request to “friend me” on Facebook.