Thursday, May 07, 2009
My book club is reading LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA. It's been on my list of books to read for 21 years. Worth the wait.
I was grabbed when early in the book, and mid-way through their 50 year plus marriage, the husband comes out of the bathroom and informs his wife there hasn't been soap in the tub for a week.
She knows perfectly well it's only been three days.
They fight for months over that, neither one backing down.
Many years later when the man is too elderly to bathe himself, there's a beautiful scene of the wife tenderly and lovingly spending an hour bathing him and helping him to dress.
When he dies his look is full of love, and his last words to his wife are: "Only God knows how much I loved you."