The story below is based on fiction. However, the themes are quite real and have been proven true by millions of couples who refuse to say – I quit!
Dear Mom and Dad,
I can’t believe it’s already been two months since you both passed away. Dad you left us on a Tuesday and mom you followed him three days later. It was sudden but not unexpected. And mom, it was no surprise that you joined dad so soon after his own passing. You two did everything together.
True Love Takes Time
I must admit, when I was young I didn’t think your marriage would last. I remember hearing your fights from my bedroom. Each of you would raise your voice, make threats to leave and call each other names. I often thought it was only a matter of time before you broke the bad news to us that you were separating.
But you always reassured us that you were both committed to keeping the vows you made in the presence of your family, friends and God. That made us feel good.
True Love Makes It Work
As the years passed by something amazing happened, you two became best friends. You enjoyed your morning cup of coffee together, went for walks, watched movies and traveled. Sometimes I would catch you whispering to each other before breaking out in laughter. At the time I thought it was gross but it was also comforting.
When I went off to college I watched your relationship grow even closer. There were times you simply left a message on your answering machine saying you two had whisked away on some exotic vacation. You started to look like each other, dress like each other and talk like each other. You even grew to like the same food, the same music and tv programs.
True Love Supports
Mom, I’ll never forget when dad was diagnosed with cancer, you never left his side. In fact, you ate your meals by his bed instead of going to the cafeteria. You even asked sis and I to bring you clothes from home so you could shower in his room. I don’t think he would have made it through chemo if it weren’t for your quiet strength and abiding love. And I’ll never forget the day I had the privilege of catching him gaze at you with so much love and admiration as we walked out of the hospital together.
I am writing this letter with tears in my eyes because I never expressed to either of you how much your marital commitment has strengthened my own marriage. It’s tougher than I imagined and there are times I want to walk away too. I feel like I’ve given up so much to keep my commitment but then I think of you two and realize, I havent given up anything, but I have the opportunity to gain everything.
True Love is Beautiful
I used to think that a beautiful marriage was the union of two people who were perfect for one another and lived happily ever after. But you two have shown me that a beautiful marriage is one that emerges from the ashes of arguments and threats to shine like the sun on a warm summer day.
Your example has shown me true love is more than a feeling; it’s unwavering commitment to truth, never saying goodbye or – I quit. True love sacrifices self so that it can honestly learn to love someone else. And now, after all these years, I realize that’s the whole point. – CLICK TO TWEET
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