He looked at her across the dinner table. She smiled. She lifted her wine glass in a playful toast as he did the same. She laughed with that lilting laughter, one of the things that enamored her to him. Then she mouthed the words, “I love you.”

Her voice he also would never forget. He looked down at his empty plate as tears threatened to well up from his eyes  He looked back up.

She was no longer there as she passed away many years ago. All he had were memories as he sat alone at the Christmas dinner table.