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Meine Liebschen!

Meine Liebschen!

I know what you are thinking.   How did a man like me get a girl like that?   And you would be right.  I fell in love with her the first moment I laid eyes on her.  She was too good for me.  I knew that then, I know that now.  But for some reason, she fell in love with me.  I couldn’t have made the films I made or had the life I enjoyed without her.  She was by my side every step of the way, making sure I had a healthy perspective, feet solidly planted on the ground, even if my head was in the stars.

And her feet were always firmly planted in the ground.  Salt of the earth, my Ellen.  That’s why the earth doesn’t want to give her up.

Today she turns 89!  I will be next to her, holding her hand, telling her I love her.  I will caress her chiseled bones, look in her clear blue eyes. My beauty. She will hear me because our love is forever.  FOREVER.

She was brave and strong and kind and compassionate.  Her touch was light but solid. Her words loving but firm. Her eyes danced, but were focused.  My Ellen.

Too shy to be in the pictures.  Happy just to hold my hand.  My Ellen.

Our love will last forever.  FOREVER.  I am yours.

How did you put up with me?  My anxiety? My ridiculous ideas? My yearning need to be accepted?

All I needed was you.  I know that know.  And you were heaven sent.

The moment I met you I knew there was such a thing as fate.  A ship brought you to a harbor where you were greeted by a lady with a torch.  You drove across country in your Buick.  You survived a war, with a father wearing the star of David.  You worked tirelessly for the Dutch resistance.

I made horror films.  You were the one to celebrate. I always knew that.  And I celebrate you everyday.  I know you know I’m here.  Right around the corner, when the moon is full, I’ll be waiting.  But you’re too good, the earth won’t let you leave.

On this, your 89th birthday, I sit by your side, loving you, as I always will.

Your Billy boy.

WC

14 Comments

  1. Malcolm Orrall says:

    What a beautiful tribute…and what a beautiful and dear wife and mother…and what a story!…my uncle was shot down and smuggled out by the Dutch Resistance. Wouldn’t that be amazing if…? But the world is just about that small…I’m thinking of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel…stranger things have happened!…:)

    • William Castle says:

      Wouldn’t that be amazing…What happened to your uncle?

  2. Janet says:

    The seasons come and go with out reason or sense don’t they. But the God’s honest truth outlasts us all.
    Life just is not as we plan it….tricky, unsure, unfair, mysterious, calloused, joy filled, remarkable and painfully tough to bear.
    Mother nature rules with a sword and slices our hearts into pieces. Humans and animals alike bear too much for the privilege of living.

  3. Claudia Berman says:

    What an incredible love story they had/have. I can still hear Ellen’s voice and accent so clearly. Such a beautiful woman. I have absolutely no doubt that when the time finally does come, he will be there waiting to embrace her.

  4. That is one amazing and loving tribute sir. You are indeed very lucky in love.

    • William Castle says:

      Thank you for you kind words. Indeed I was very lucky in love.

  5. Terry Beal says:

    I always noticed the look your dad had when he gazed upon her…..adoringly, you could see it in his eyes.
    I love Ellen as well and thought of her yesterday, on her birthday.

    • William Castle says:

      Thank you. I know you know what true love truly is. And it is forever.

  6. Michael says:

    A very touching tribute. May we all find such love in our lives… and our deaths…

    • William Castle says:

      Yes, Michael. I am blessed.

  7. ANNAH says:

    Beautiful words for a beautiful woman

    • William Castle says:

      But I miss her other half.

  8. rich says:

    beautiful writing for a beautiful woman!

    • William Castle says:

      Thanks, Rich. She is indeed.

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