Words by Dena Dyer

 

Sharon and Glenn Morrison’s romantic life (“R.L.”) passed away unexpectedly in Palestine, Texas, on Saturday, November 3. It had only been active for five years.

Cause of death was listed as the birth of a 9-pound baby girl, Samantha, the couple’s second child. Sharon seemed remarkably calm at the news. “I’m actually okay. After the kids go to bed, all I want to do is watch Netflix, anyway.”

When asked for his comments, Glenn said he was sorely disappointed. “Of course, I miss R.L.,” he related with tears in his eyes. “I thought it might come back after Samantha was born, but I guess I was wrong.”

R.L. was born at Sharon’s front door, after a concert by a local jazz quintet and a candlelight dinner. Glenn had asked Sharon out after they met through friends. They dated for several months and R.L. grew as they got to know one other.

The couple were married in December, and
R.L. enjoyed a full, exciting life until the Morrisons brought home their oldest, a son named Cory. That’s when R.L. began to show the first signs of illness. “Of course, R.L. wasn’t the same after Cory came,” said Sharon. “But I was too distracted with the baby to think about it much.”

Glenn explained, “Though we only knew R.L. for a short time, we’ll never forget the ways that it drew us together,” he said. “It made us creative about our use of time, and often showed up in the strangest

moments. I’ll miss that spontaneity.”
Sharon described the deceased as “nice.” Glenn said R.L. was one-of-a-kind. “I’ll never

forget the unique memories R.L. brought us.” He added hopefully, “I have faith we’ll see it again, someday.”

Sharon refused to comment on the future, citing “too many unknowns.”

In order to respect the couple’s privacy—and to avoid them having to pay a babysitter—there will be no public memorial service. A private service will feature music and literature, including:

• Prelude: “Time to Say Goodbye,” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

• Vocal solo: “Wish You Were Here,” by Pink Floyd

• Eulogy: written by Glenn and read by Sharon

• Reading: “A Time for Everything” from Ecclesiastes (King James version)

• Instrumental solo: “Goodbye My Lover,” by James Blunt

• Poetry: “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas

In lieu of flowers or donations, please send hobby suggestions to Glenn (bereft@ bewilderedbyfatherhood.com).