“Far off in the big tall sky,” said Jeremiah. “That’s where we will live, Charlotte.”
He said so when we were still courting. A place of our own, he said, away from the world. I was already thirty-five years old. I knew what folks called me, a woman whose time had passed. A faded rose. But I did not feel old when I was with him. My time had not passed. He was near fifty, and that was old, but he was not. When he said he loved me, I knew it to be so. I knew if we were together, the sky would only be as tall as it had to be. I would not be buried by it.