Two things came close to reducing me to tears today. The first was a broken decanter. The second was a quote written on the wall inside the O2 Centre in London’s Docklands.The first one was a clear decanter, glass of course. The top of it had been sheared off at some point. I don’t know what had once been in it, probably wine or port perhaps. But whatever had been in it, it was now sitting there, in a glass case, with the other exhibits around it. Who had it belonged to, I wondered, who had poured out its contents. Had they been alive when it was broken? Would they have noticed? Would they have cared?
The second thing was a simple quote. “We have been living together for many years. Where you go, I go.”
We saw these things at the Titanic exhibition, the display of those things that have been retrieved from the bottom of the Atlantic at the wreck site.
I can’t describe how powerful it was. How emotional it was. How... sad it was.
Tomorrow night is New Year’s Eve. Kiss your nearest and dearest all of you. I will. The quote was by Ida Straus, the wife of Isador Straus. It has always reduced me to tears. It says everything about how I feel about my wife.