Today’s Pickles cartoon looks at old long-time couples and what happens when one spouse dies.
Earl and Opal are sitting on the porch when Opal says, “My mother died at the age of 84, and 2 months later my Dad died. I guess he couldn’t bear to go on without her. I hope if I go first you’ll follow his example.”
Earl asks, “Because you’d miss me so much?” Opal replies, “Of course, but I also don’t like the idea of you having fun without me.”
We see the phenomenon of long-time couples dying within months of each other all the time. My grandparents on my Dad’s side both died at the age of 83, five months apart. Grandma Dot died in January and Grandpa Ben died in early May. We’re coming up on the anniversary of his death. Guess this cartoon just struck a cord with me.