No one ever talked to the old man. Anytime someone passed him while he sat on the front porch, he would frown at them. He never talked to anyone; he rarely left his house. No one understood why he was the way he was, sitting on the porch silent.
“Mommy why is old man Sal always sitting there never talking?” the little girl questioned to her mother.
“I don’t know sweetie. Maybe he is lost in memories from the past,” the mother replied.
He grasped her hand.
“Remember when you forgot to tell your parents I was taking you out to dinner for our first date?” the old man chuckled.
“Remember when you told a random girl in the hair salon about how amazing I was and how much you loved me? Remember when you freaked out later after you found out it was my mother you were talking to?” he laughed.
“Remember when I got down on one knee and asked you to marry me at your family reunion?” he smiled.
“Remember when you tripped on our wedding day, leaving the chapel and I said I would always be there to catch you when you fall?” he asked, tightening his grip on her hand.
“Remember when we saw the glow of our first child’s eyes as you held her for the first time and we cried over the little life we brought into this world?” he said as tears filled his eyes.
“Remember when you talked me into taking a vacation to the beach and it was a time with out family of five that we vowed to never forget?” he asked.
“Remember when I threw you a surprise 40th birthday party?” he said with a side grin.
“Remember when you threw me a surprise retirement party?” he asked.
“Remember when we baptized all of our grandchildren in one day?” he said with disbelief in his voice.
“I remember all of those moments. Those are what will keep me going until I see you again one day. Don’t forget me. I didn’t go through 70 years of marriage for you to go and forget me now. Oh and honey, I love you,” he said tenderly as a tear glided across the wrinkled on his face.
He closed the casket lid, placed the red tulips on top, turned and whispered, “see you soon my love” and walked out the door.