This fictional story was written for Write Tribe's "Hemingway this Wednesday" writing prompt. I chose the quote “You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” taken from Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" to build my story
It was hard to believe a month had passed since the funeral. She still expected to round a corner and see her husband sitting in his favorite chair watching the football game or out in the garage tinkering. She would call his name and then remember, he would never answer her again. He was dead and gone from her forever. Not a moment went by that she didn’t think of him. Not a day went by that she didn’t long for him. There was always something new to tell him. The most mundane things really, still something she would have always told him about. Her heart ached, and the pain was palpable.
Jack was only 50 when he died. Not really old at all. He had his whole life ahead of him when he was diagnosed with cancer. Though afraid, he had fought valiantly and assured her he was going nowhere. He would win this battle. Only he hadn’t. The cancer had won and left her a widow at 48 with her whole life stretching before her in an empty chasm of loneliness. She had thrown herself into her work. She worked tirelessly long hours. She never slept anymore and rarely ate enough to keep a bird alive. She knew family and friends worried about her and talked about her behind her back. She didn’t care. Jack was gone and her life was over. The home they shared seemed too big to her now. She wandered around looking for Jack remembering everything constantly in tears.
She encouraged the kids to return to their lives. Go back to college she told her youngest. You have your own family she told her oldest. Don’t worry about me she told them both. I will be just fine, she assured them all. It wasn’t until almost another month passed when she decided to sell the home they shared and start a new life for herself in a new city. She packed up her memories and moved closer to where her children now lived. The only problem was that despite the fact that the new house was lovely and she loved the area, she realized she still loved and desperately missed Jack and their old life. No, he had never been to this place but his spirit followed her in her mind and heart. She still longed for him. He was a vital part of her and always would be. They had shared a happy life together and now that was over. He was gone, and she was still here.
She soon realized she couldn’t run or hide from her grief and memories. They followed her everywhere she went. She soon understood that you can’t get away from yourself by moving one place to another. Only the passage of time would heal her broken heart and soothe the pain felt from Jack’s death. Moving to a new home or city is simply geography and the heartache followed her and was just as strong there as at home.