“Well, she’s not a widow anymore since she has gotten remarried.” A neighbor tells me this, nodding casually to another house in our neighborhood.

Not a widow anymore. Is that possible?

Can one lose that title?

Even if she has married someone new, even if her life has found a new path, isn’t the word ‘widow’ irrevocable?

It’s like ‘cancer survivor.’ Once you’ve fought that battle, you never stop being a survivor.

The nature of the word ‘widow’ means ‘survivor.’ Even the obituary says so.

I don’t intend to stop living up to the title.

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