What’s It All About Alfie?

Since my last blog a month ago I have opened the page to write a new post many times and … nothing. No inspiration, just a series of unconnected thoughts. This morning after deleting emails and sending one, I tried once more. A friend who just lost her husband suggested I write about my family for the grandchildren; something to remember about their heritage.

My mother was someone I want them to remember. She stayed with us about a year before she passed on. While she was here people thought something was wrong with my land line because of the constant busy signal. It wasn’t the phone; it was my mother. So many calls in and out for her. But she also received a call from one particular friend occasionally who also wrote her letters; you know with actual pen and paper. The point is, the inspiration for this blog came remembering the ending of one of those ‘ancient writings’. It was simply a question she asked: What’s It All About Alfie?

This friend of my mom was about ninety years old. A widow who lived alone and had two grown children. Their stories were not something I should tell. But just know they were sad ones. She wrote beautiful letters in both the penmanship and content. I looked up the words written by Burt Bacharach and sung by Dionne Warwick in a movie by that name. The answer is revealed toward the end speaking of heaven and that well known four letter word LOVE.

This made me think of my friend who lived that word caring for her beloved husband for about a decade. Love is patient, love is kind… love never ends and that forever part is in heaven! And I believe my mother’s pen pal also lived the word in continuing to love her children. That is what it’s all about, Alfie.