He had done the painting of their new home soon after they married. It was to be her birthday gift; a gift that would acquire more importance as their time together stretched into the future, strengthening bonds.
She adored it, hung it in pride of place over the mantel. A day never passed without her smiling as she glanced towards the familiar image and remembered...
Now, she remembers when he was alive, and as shadows dim sunlight, so her face loses all brightness as the first tear falls.
For Mag 139, thanks to Tess and Curtis Wilson Costwho painted the original image.