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The Last “I Love You”

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Carol’s husband was killed in an accident last year. Jim, only fifty-two years old, was driving home from work, the other driver was a teenager with a very high blood alcohol level. Jim died instantly. The teenager was in the emergency room for less than two hours.

There were other ironic twists: It was Carol’s fiftieth birthday, and Jim had two plane tickets to Hawaii in his pocket. He was going to surprise her. Instead, he was killed by a drunk driver.

“How have you survived this?” I finally asked Carol, a year later.

Her eyes welled up with tears. I thought I had said the wrong thing, but she gently took my hand and said, “It’s all right; I want to tell you. The day I married Jim, I promised I would never let him leave the house in the morning without telling him I loved him. He made the same promise. It got to be a joke between us, and as babies came along, it got to be a hard promise to keep. I remember running down the driveway, saying ‘I love you’ through clenched teeth when I was mad, or driving to the office to put a note in his car. It was a funny challenge.

“We made a lot of memories trying to say “I love you” before noon every day of our married life.

“The morning Jim died, he left a birthday card in the kitchen and slipped out to the car. I heard the engine starting. Oh, no, you don’t, buster, I thought. I raced out and banged on the car window until he rolled it down.

“Here on my fiftieth birthday, Mr. James E. Garret, I Carol Garret, want to go on record as saying I love you!”

“That’s how I’ve survived. Knowing that the last words I said to Jim were ‘I love you!’

Written by Debbi Smoot

Submitted by Richard

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5 comments to The Last “I Love You”

  • What a sad story, i always tell my wife i love her every morning. I’m not sure she believes me some days.
    But i’ll keep saying it, because you can sure the one day you don’t say it is the day something happens.

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  • My husband and I always say “I love you” to each other before we go to sleep and we do the same every morning. He also told me once never to go upset to sleep.

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  • The Story Teller

    Hurry before it’s to late!!

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  • I think that is a sad but yet beautiful story. I tell my husband to never leave without saying I love you all the time. It should always be the last thing you say to “anyone” you love before you part with them.
    I don’t believe my husband understand why I believe this is so important, but that’s okay, because I know that if God decides it’s my time, He will be happy that I had this little rule and I know he will then understand and appreciate it.
    I’m sorry about your husband, but I’m glad you got to part knowing one another were loved.
    God Bless

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  • Richard Causey

    I have a directory on my computer named letters to Bobbie, my wife. She has never seen them and never will until I die. I tell her that I love her every day and that God sent her to me. She’s my Angel on Earth. When everyone else has given-up on me she never did. I came to know God because of her and I’ll always be thankful.

    I’m going to let a couple friends know about this directory. I want her to know, really know, how much I Love Her. I thank God, everyday, for her.

    I’ve posted a 7 part story about some of my life call “Where was God.” And another called “Why Stories.” One day I’ll post my testimony and you’ll get to know me.

    I want to Thank Chris, the owner of this site. It was his site that started me collecting these stories. Now I boast to I post Only The Best. So, sit back and Enjoy and Thanks be to God for all the talented writers.

    The Story Teller

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