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This isn't really a story; it's a collection of poems about marriages of long-standing and how they develop. Most poignant is the discussion of how the second to die is going to locate his/her spouse in the afterlife and not wanting to spend countless hours/days/years searching all over when he/she gets there and wants to be reunited with his/her loved one..
Judith Viorst is a master of capturing the finer points of all relationships and the aging process (she started writing poems about turning 30, then 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80). I've read them all except for the "80" one - not there yet! When my husband and I first started reading her books we were in the 40-year old range ... then 50, then 60, and now 70. She pegs the things we talk about, worry about, dislike about at each stage to a "T." I highly recommend all of her books for giving you insight into each decade of our lives.
Long-lasting couples will recognize themselves in virtually every one of Viorst's poems. No sappy love sonnets, these -- she's all about the little irritations and baffling quirks that we all have, and how our partners deal with them (patiently... sometimes) and still love us. Mostly. The starry-eyed newly-in-love will be appalled (and horrified!!) that the years will turn their newly-minted devotion something so... mundane. Only if you're lucky, kids. Only if you're lucky.
Great little book of poems; quick read that will be enjoyed again & again for sure. I would really like the author to create a longer version - more poetry on this subject is sorely needed. Would make a great gift to a new couple.
I purchased this book for my husband on our 41st wedding anniversary. It is so right on for any long-term marriage. I love Judith Viorst because she is able to speak the truth of our lives in such a loving & succinct way.
Tender, heart-warming verse. As always, Judith Viorst hits all the right notes of tenderness, sincerity, and humor -- and gives you something to think about, maybe something you hadn't even considered.
Wait For Me is a thoroughly delightful collection of Judith Viorst's poems on the subject of long marriages. It will be a gift to my husband on our 67th anniversary, and he will roar with laughter as he recognizes some familiar "irritations and consolations of a long marriage".