‘Only an Attitude Remains…’

Good morning, ProviderNation.

A sad (and somehow sweet) story from Ohio this morning: Harold and Ruth Knapke, married for nearly 66 years and living together in a long term care center, died just 10 hours apart.

“Ruthie” Schmitz has said she had a crush on “Doc” Knapke going back to the third grade and they were pen pals while Doc fought Hitler, the Dayton Daily News reports.

“When the young Army lieutenant came home from the war,” Dayton Daily’s Mary McCarty writes in a terrific send-off, “‘I let him chase me until I caught him!’ the ever-sassy Ruth would later quip.”

God help me if I thought of Philip Larkin’s glorious, “An Arundel Tomb,” which ends:

“Our almost-instinct almost true:

“What will survive of us is love…”

Anyway, death be not proud.

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