Dear Jane

11 Jan

Life is beautiful and amazing…and so is this post that Claire Fuller wrote. I asked her permission to re-blog it and she graciously assented. (Thank you, Claire.)

Linger for a while if you can and immerse yourself in love.



Claire Fuller


A letter to my husband’s dead first wife

Dear Jane,

There are two things I want to thank you for.

You and I never met, never got to know each other, never talked about books and writing, never shared confidences over a glass of wine, but we have shared the same husband. I know from him and your best friend that you were shy and quiet, that you took a long time to get to know someone well, but I like to think we might have been friends.

It’s obvious, but without you dying I would never have met Tim. He loved you, (still loves you) and would never have gone looking for someone new if you had lived. All that is true, but the first thing I want to thank you for is what you made him promise: that after you’d gone he wouldn’t stay on his own; he…

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3 Responses to “Dear Jane”

  1. rochellewisoff January 11, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    Dear Doug,

    I love that you reblogged this exquisite piece. It’s breathtaking and should be spread as far and wide as possible.



    • dmmacilroy January 11, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      Dear Rochelle,




  2. Suzanne Joshi January 11, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    Thanks Doug for reblogging this. It’s truly lovely. I left another comment on Claire’s blog. — Suzanne

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