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Every Sunset is a Beautiful Sunset

We were walking along Clearwater Beach, in Florida with a couple who had been our friends for years. We have so many stories with this couple, stories that make us all double over in laughter.

There was the time we were dining at a castle in Germany, a very lovely place, and when we ordered dessert, it came . . . chocolate mousse, but carefully placed, a la nouvelle cuisine, and striped with a chocolate syrup. As it was being put before us, we didn’t dare to look at one another. Only when the waiter left did the giggles start, growing into full grown guffaws, as we laughed helplessly.

The mousse looked like dog poop.

My husband was laughing so hard he had trouble breathing for a while. The gales of laughter, the whoops of laughter continued as we remembered the utter shock as the dessert was placed before us. To this day, we still don’t know if this was seriously supposed to be haute cuisine or if it was some kind of German joke. It still makes us roll with laughter thinking of the horrified surprise we each felt, and our fear of laughing in the waiter’s face.

There are other stories, stories funnier to us than they would be to you in the retelling.

Bill had a heart attack earlier in the year. AdventureMan and I were going through career transition issues. It was a time of struggle for both couples, and we were talking about what we were going through as the sun began to set. We all stopped and watched.

“What a beautiful sunset!” AdventureMan said.

There was a pause, as we all watched the last fading rays of the setting sun.

Bill took AdventureMan’s arm and looked at him intensely.

“Every sunset is a beautiful sunset,” he said, and added “when you think you may never see another.”

It changed how we see the sunset. It changed how we see the sunrise. Bill died this last year, having had many more sunsets after our sunset in Florida, and we still miss him grievously.

January 5, 2008 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Florida, Friends & Friendship, Generational, Health Issues, Humor, Relationships | ,


  1. 😦 I am so sorry…

    Comment by chikapappi | January 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. Sorry to hear 😦

    At least you have good memories of him which you can share to lighten up the sadness.
    And think of him when seeing the Beauty.

    Comment by rainmountain | January 5, 2008 | Reply

  3. beautiful shot

    Comment by Mrm | January 5, 2008 | Reply

  4. I’m sorry to hear about your friend..It’s true what he said. Nice photo.

    Comment by kaileena | January 5, 2008 | Reply

  5. I loved teh shot !

    Comment by Cat | January 5, 2008 | Reply

  6. I’m very sorry for your loss. This is life what can we do, except remember our loved ones who have gone in these beautiful moments. God bless.

    Comment by harmonie22 | January 5, 2008 | Reply

  7. Sorry to hear that.

    Everyday we get a few minutes to enjoy one of the worlds best scenes and yet some miss to see notice beauty.

    Comment by MacaholiQ8 | January 6, 2008 | Reply

  8. Thank you, my friends. Bill’s death IS a loss to us, and yet his last years he was not living without great struggles.

    It is great consolation to have so many wonderful memories of him as laughing and healthy and spending time with us. Most of all, when we think of Bill, we remember the laughter. I would have to say, after considering, if I could choose how I would wish to be remembered, I would also hope it would be with laughter.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 6, 2008 | Reply

  9. No remembered man is dead, Intlxpatr. Our memories keep our loved ones alive.

    I am sorry for your loss, your friend was a wise man.

    Love the shot 🙂

    Comment by kinano | January 6, 2008 | Reply

  10. Oh Kinan, you are so wise. Thank you for reminding me.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 6, 2008 | Reply

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