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An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love: The True Story of the Best by Richard Carlson

By Richard Carlson

Should you had one hour to stay and will make only one telephone name, who may you name? What may you are saying? Why are you ready? Richard Carlson's unexpected, tragic demise in December 2006 left his thousands of fanatics reeling, yet even their many letters, calls, and emails could not erase the loss felt via his spouse, Kristine. to aim and are available to phrases along with her loss, she pored over 25 years of affection letters, reliving the thoughts and cherishing her overdue husband's reminiscence. yet one letter stood out. Richard had written to his spouse on their 18th marriage ceremony anniversary and tried to respond to the query: if you happen to had one hour to dwell, what could you do, who might you name, and what could you assert? An Hour to reside, An Hour to like is a profoundly relocating e-book that exhibits the significance of treasuring on a daily basis because the amazing reward it truly is.

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When it’s your turn to look back someday, you’re going to be glad you did, I’m 100 percent certain. So don’t feel guilty. Just make the right choices. In the end, you’ll be so glad you did. I guarantee it. What Would You Say? In the last hour of my life, I hope I would already have said my good-byes to all my friends, family, and my two daughters. With one hour to live and only one person to share it with, I would choose to be at home with my wife, Kris, preferably beside a • 15 • Richard Carlson crackling fire, rain dancing on the roof above us.

I think, if I could, I would say something like this . . “Kris, mostly I want to tell you how much I love and cherish you, and how much I cherish our relationship. There are just a few things I want you to know before I say good-bye. “To begin, I want you to know that if I could live this life again with you, I’d do so in a heartbeat. Thank you for being there for me so many times when I proved to be oh-so-human. Thank you for accepting me, flaws and all, for taking my hand in yours, and for loving me during my highest highs and my lowest lows.

Remember when Jazzy and I went to the coast for a father-daughter date? She was about five years old. She spent an hour in the hotel room getting all dressed up in her most beautiful outfit and, after telling her how beautiful she was, I said I would love to take her anywhere she would like for dinner— somewhere down by the water. ’ So Taco Bell it was, in her lovely dress, sitting on the cliff, looking out at the Pacific Ocean. She still remembers that ‘date,’ and so do I. “When Kenna was six, she and I went up to the mountains and stayed in a nice resort hotel near • 24 • An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love Lake Tahoe.

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