“Could it be possible that I could love again? Would it be possible to find a woman who could accommodate me and my boys?” he wondered.
The mere thought of starting life with another woman terrified George, who was sure that it would be a betrayal to Claris. However, it is a thought he decided to open his mind to, and a few months later, he found someone. In a bold, brave move, perhaps something not many men would do, two months ago, he took his lady friend to Kendu Bay – the home of his in-laws; Claris’s parents.
“I have always had a good relationship with my in-laws, who have been very supportive of me and my sons. Out of respect, I decided to let them know that I was seeing someone else, and I also wanted them to meet her,” he says.
Not sure of how they would react, he took her anyway.
“After they met her, my parents-in-law thanked me for showing them that kind of respect because they still considered me their child. They gave me their unreserved blessings, and I left their homestead a relieved man.”
In spite of this new chapter of his life, George confesses that he is yet to completely let go of Claris.
“Her clothes are still intact – just the way she left them the day she was admitted in hospital. I have never moved any of them. Her make-up kit, her lotions and jewelry are still intact. I have also never taken off my wedding ring, not even for a day.”
Just a day before my interview with him, George had walked over to the wardrobe where Claris’ clothes still hang, intending to transfer them to a suitcase, but he was unable to.