The Second Year – The Lucky Ones

I am a Downton Abby fan. From the very first season I was hooked. If I had a bucket list, visiting Highclere castle would be on it.

Highclere castle

This last week, there was a poignant scene in which Isobel, Branson, and Mary reflected on their great loves:

These three characters are of different age, gender, and social and economic class. And yet, they find common ground in the fact that they all experienced great love…and great loss. Isobel is on mark when she proclaims, “Aren’t we the lucky ones”. That sounds like crazy talk when you realize the heart ache each one has been through. And yet I can relate. How fortunate I am to have experienced great love. Mike and I were far from perfect as a couple, but through life’s trials and triumphs, we developed a deep trust and respect for one another. Our love was forged in the fire of joblessness, infertility, financial hardship, and loss of family, among other challenges. Our joy blossomed in the triumphs and blessings of children and God’s provision at times when we didn’t know how we were going to make it. Oh, how I miss him. It physically hurts at times. Before I was married, there was a time when I would rather have avoided the possibility of lost love than invest in meaningful relationships. Now, I understand and agree with Alfred, Lord Tennyson in his In Memorium 27 poem:

“I hold it true, whate’er befall;I feel it, when I sorrow most;’Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all.”

I believe I have come to a place where I agree with the sentiment that was shared in the Downton Abby clip above. I can now wholeheartedly say, yes, Isobel, we are the lucky ones.

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” 1 Cor 13:7,8

 

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11 thoughts on “The Second Year – The Lucky Ones

  1. Rebecca McCoy says:

    Man, I am pms-ing like I’m 13 years old again. Tears for no reason all the time. This is putting me right over the edge in a good way because every word of it is so true. I am so grateful for you and dad. Been missing him a lot. Mostly all these stupid extra hormones. And also the olympics. I giggle thinking of Lucy curling or ski jumping 🙂

    Love you R

  2. Peggy says:

    Another wonderful post Patty…I don’t know if you realize how much I am (we are) learning about life, love, faith, God through all that you feel & share. Thank you……

  3. Kim Stirtan says:

    Thank you Patty for teaching us and being a great example. Jer 17:7-8
    Love you,
    Kim

  4. Debbie Collins says:

    I can remember very clearly when you met Mike, and I knew that you too had something very special. Over the years, we didn’t connect so often…but I knew that your love was growing and deepening. And now, through your posts I am learning more and more about Mike, you, and love you share. Thanks my wonderful friend. I know you miss him deeply. Love you, Debs

  5. saturner8 says:

    So great to count your blessings!   thanks for sharing.  I’ll never know love like you had with Mike, but I do know of His love and I am growing to understand that more and more.   Excited about studying I John more the next few months!   Sharon

    >________________________________ > From: Grief and Hope >To: saturner8@sbcglobal.net >Sent: Saturday, February 8, 2014 11:13 AM >Subject: [New post] The Second Year – The Lucky Ones > > > > WordPress.com >padoo5 posted: “I am a Downton Abby fan. From the very first season I was hooked. If I had a bucket list, visiting Highclere castle would be on it. This last week, there was a poignant scene in which Isobel, Branson, and Mary reflected on their great loves: The” >

  6. Ring, Christine says:

    Beautiful thoughts Patti. Thank you for sharing. Chris Ring Peggy’s friend from Lauralton Hall

    Sent from my iPad

  7. George says:

    My favorite line in the clip was, “I am not unhappy, I’m just not quite ready to be happy.” I like especially that it does not say “yet”. Yet implies perhaps you’ll be ready soon. But no yet made me feel all that more ambiguous about when the not unhappy would actually bridge to happy.

  8. Marlene says:

    Yes, in all my sorrow, I somehow still feel blessed for all God has given and gives me. Family, friends, bible study and little blessings I never imagined, but now I see. Thanks for your writings.

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