Thursday, October 27, 2011
I had been up giving Pop some medication following his recent shoulder surgery. He has been a great "patient" but the pain associated with this type of surgery is notoriously excruciating and we had been diligent to stay on top of the pain which means round the clock medications and the patient sleeping in a recliner.
I was settling back into my blankets on the sofa beside the recliner and a small ray of light from the night light found a way into the diamond in my ring, refracting a brief but brilliant light. As I snuggled in, I pondered the day Pop and I were married more than thirty-five years ago and about the vows we took that day. When I spoke the vows to Pop I did so unreservedly..."for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health, so long as we both shall live"...of course at a tender young age at the beginning of marriage, the understanding of what those vows truly mean is severely limited...I just knew that I meant what I said with all my heart, all my mind, and all my being.
Pop and I have been tested so much less than many couples and while we have no idea what the future will bring; the vows still stand. They are unconditional. Whatever comes, with God's grace and the help that only He can provide, we will figure it out. We don't have to do it alone and for that I am eternally grateful.