I might have missed Glen Campbell’s song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” if I had not watched the Oscars® last night. I had not heard it was nominated or that it won a Grammy. I did not know about the documentary about his life with Alzheimer’s, the one he wrote it for, which aired right near me a few weeks ago.
But then I heard Tim McGraw sing it, and I hurried upstairs to tell my dear, sweet husband about it. And I couldn’t get the words out. I choked up and tears flowed.
You’re the last person I will love.
You’re the last face I will recall.
Best of all,
I’m not gonna miss you.
I can’t type them now without tearing up.
You can hear Glen Campbell sing these words to his wife on the NPR website.
If you’re wondering if it’s worth getting through whatever disagreement, slight, or unfair responsibility is bothering you this week, I really hope you will.
Although Kim is Campbell’s fourth wife, they have been together, deepening their roots and connections, for 33 years. For the first five, he was a drug-abusing alcoholic while she had the kids. One of the great things about a long-lasting, happy marriage is what it does for your relationship with your grown children. After his diagnosis, Campbell got to tour and perform with 3 of their grown children for 2 1/2 years while filming the documentary.
CNN has just bought the documentary to air in June and November. I’ll be watching.