While writing my long story “Love Never Fails”, I came across the following article, which really touched my heart.
Jesse and Kelly Cottle: Wife carries legless Marine on her back in viral photo – UPI.com
So true love does exist, which transcends all problems such as race, social class, education, family objection, outward appearances, prejudice, etc.
Mizuki has mentioned that in Candy Candy Final Story, Candy and her husband (no name, just the Japanese term “Anohito”, which literally means “that person”) had overcome their obstacles and got married happily.
One of my readers argued that Anohito should not be Terry because the only major obstacle, Susanna, had passed away in the story, whereas Candy and Albert would definitely face family objection and other issues.
Would Albert oppose Candy and Terry? I don’t think so. In CCFS, after exchanging many letters with Candy, Albert returned Candy’s diary to her because he knew it was her treasure. She had written everything about her deep feelings for Terry in that diary, and it was highly likely that Albert had read it (as per Candy’s request). Apparently, Albert wanted Candy to choose between him and Terry.
We could tell that Albert loved Candy for sure. There were examples in CCFS, but at the very least Albert said (both in the manga and CCFS) that he wanted her to be happy. Before the ultimate test–the return of the diary, Albert had written to Candy, “I want to find where your happiness lies…”
What was Candy’s response after that? She didn’t open the diary at all even though she had brought it home with her. At last, she wrote to Albert and asked him to keep the diary for her from now on.
There are many debates about the meaning behind Candy’s action. Those fans who have assumed that Candy still could not get over Terry choose to believe that it was simply too painful for her to read her diary; they have claimed that it was a proof to show that she still loved Terry.
However, if this was really the case, Candy didn’t have to tell Albert at all. She could have kept her diary to herself until one day she was ready to re-read it. I’m sure Albert would eventually understand her unspoken decision. But instead, she resolved to return her treasure to Albert, telling him explicitly in her letter that it was untouched. I figure that she essentially declared that she was not interested in revisiting her past. As though this was not clear enough, she wrote, “yes, Albert-san, herein lies my happiness; in now.” In other words, she told Albert she was happy with him, now.
I will continue to talk more about her letter to Albert later. For your interest, you can read my short story “The Diary” in