Soul mates. Do they exist? I believe so. Imagine finding yours and then being separated from them. I know a couple who have been married for 51 years. They met as teenagers and have been inseparable ever since.
Last year, they celebrated their 50th anniversary by renewing their vows. It was the most beautiful ceremony I have ever attended. Not because of the decorations or flower arrangements, but because of the undeniable love shared between them. Watching as they repeated their vows to each other was an incredible and heartwarming sight to behold.
Being married since such an early age, they have gone through everything together. He went to war and she supported him every step of the way. They had children and lost their oldest daughter to a tragedy that no one saw coming. Years later, he was infected by a terrible sickness that was certain to take his life, but he survived. Through all the ups and downs, their love has never weakened. In fact, it’s only grown stronger.
As they’re getting older, naturally health problems are becoming more of an issue. For the past few weeks he’s been struggling with an illness that doesn’t want to go away. Any illness pertaining to the lungs, especially at 70 years old, can be frightening. For this reason, his wife has been deeply concerned about him. She has refused to even leave his side. That is, until she was forced to.
Two days ago, she was hit with an infection that has now made it’s way into her bloodstream. She’s currently sitting in ICU. She is very dear to me, so my son and I went to visit her in the hospital last night. I haven’t been anywhere near an ICU since the passing of my step-dad in March. It was like re-opening a wound. But, it wasn’t about me. It was about her. We stepped into the room and her husband was standing at the end of her bed.
With tears in his eyes, he was doing his best to stay positive and upbeat. As I mentioned, he’s been sick too, but he said “I have to be strong. Stronger than ever. She needs me.” Their love is indescribable. It breaks my heart for them, knowing that one day they will be separated. There is a song I used to listen to frequently when I was younger, that reminds me of them. I posted the video here…
This song had a very deep meaning to me when I was growing up. As a teenager, I fell in love with someone and then ran away from him. Much of the reason was because I was afraid to experience what this couple is experiencing now. I was terrified to spend my entire life (as great as it may have been) with someone who I loved so dearly, only to have it come to an end. To have him taken from me. That sounds so silly now, but it’s true.
I’m glad this couple wasn’t like me. They’ve had the opportunity to enjoy 51 beautiful years together full of memories, laughter and love. For most people, that is only a dream. For them, it’s been a dream come true.