Happy 70th Birthday in Heaven

Dear Greg,

As I sit down to write this, my heart is filled with a mixture of joy and longing. Today marks your 70th birthday—a milestone that should have been celebrated together, just like we did a decade ago on your 60th. I remember that unforgettable night so vividly, the only surprise I ever managed to pull off for you. What a night it was – a celebration solely dedicated to you, a rarity in your 60 years. The laughter, love and warmth of friends and family filled the room. I can still  recall every detail, every surprise, but most importantly, our last dance. How I dream about the chance to dance with you again. To simply celebrate together, side by side. 

Today, on this celebration of your 70th year, we should have been recreating those beautiful moments, celebrating your life that was meant to continue for many more years. Unfortunately fate had other plans for you, cutting your life short way too soon. Now, I find myself here, and you’re “there,” wherever that may be.

I often imagine that “there” is somewhere over the rainbow, a place where skies are forever blue, and dreams really do come true. Yet, deep down, I grapple with the reality that the dream of celebrating your 70th birthday together didn’t materialize. If dreams had the power to come true, you’d be here with me.

Today, I want to focus on celebrating you—the you who brought immeasurable joy to everyone you touched. Your smile, kindness, generosity, and compassion defined you, making you a beacon of light in our lives. As I reflect on the 70 years that should have been, I choose to honor the blessings you brought, even though we were robbed of more time together.

It’s challenging to face the absence, but today is about cherishing the beautiful memories we created. Each shared moment, each laugh, and every bit of warmth you emanated remain alive in my heart. Your legacy lives on in the impact you had on those fortunate enough to know you. You touched countless lives, leaving a mark on this earth and a legacy that will be with us forever.

Greg…I wish you a heavenly birthday. Though you’re not physically here, your spirit lingers in the love and memories you left behind. As I raise a glass to toast to 70 years of your remarkable journey, I am filled with gratitude for the gift of having loved you. Despite being “there,” you are forever present not only in my heart, but in all of our hearts. Happy 70th!

I love you forever

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Mikki Eveloff

I am certainly no princess, but I did marry my Prince Charming. We had the once upon a time and the “almost” happily ever after until August 30th, 2014 when my Prince Gregger died tragically on the beach in Maui. I believe in fairytales. I believe in fate. I believe that “everything happens for a reason.” We planned a lifetime together…75 years to be exact. Someone or something changed our plans and gave us a new “ever after.” So here I am. I am still a wife, but now they call me a widow. I am a mom and grandma…three children, two in-laws, and two grandchildren. Life has changed and it’s time to move forward. It doesn’t stop, it keeps on going, so I do too. It’s my choice. Be happy, be grateful. It’s the only choice. I have a treasure trove of memories to share..it’s how I keep the happily ever after alive. A True Love Fairytale is 40 years of memories…it’s the essence of our happily ever after. It’s the imperfections of our perfect marriage. And it’s what makes today beautiful.

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