The Last Words They’ll Hear

I was recently asked how often my Beloved and I “exchange “I love you’s” on the average?”

In case some of you might be interested in my answer, here it is:

Every member of my family says that every time we leave each other, at the end of every call, and it is the last thing My Beloved and I say to each other at night.

No matter how, when, or where we die, “I love you” will be the last words the others will have heard from us.

There is something very comforting to me in that.



About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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14 Responses to The Last Words They’ll Hear

  1. willowdot21 says:

    That is beautiful and as you say comforting!

  2. My husband and I always say I love you and kiss before parting he never goes to work without giving me a kiss and telling me he loves me even if I am asleep…………as for the rest of the family those words Love You are said at the end of phone calls to us it is just natual

  3. jiltaroo says:

    You’re a beautiful man Russ. I agree with this expression of love on an every day basis. Jiltaroo.

  4. bulldog says:

    Great way to live Russ… Love it…

  5. mimijk says:

    It has always been that way – since I was a child..and it carried through to Andy and I and the boys and my daughters-in-law. It is the parting emotional hug for all of us to hold onto until we see or talk with each other again.

    • russtowne says:

      “…an emotional hug to hang onto…” I like the sound of that, Mimi.

      I also like that the last words that my family will hear from me–or vice versa–will be sweet rather than bitter. I’ve seen from others the harm than can come from bitter last words.

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