When I arrived home from work on April 25, the Spouse greeted me with a “happy anniversary!”
I had a very busy and distracted day, and had a lapse of memory. Wow… we met 25 years ago on April 25, 1993. Who woulda thunk that we would build a life of love and commitment as it has turned out to be. (Here is a post on this blog about the day we met.)
We hugged, and sat down to reminisce a bit.
Fast-forward to the present day, when…
…the Spouse had three major doctor’s appointments this week that I had to leave work early to go home, pick him up, and drive him to see these doctors.
Then we prepared for a trip to Pittsburgh to see the mother-in-law and drag her to see her doctor. (Let’s say that she really, really did not want to go.)
After the trauma of that doctor’s appointment — resulting in no action other than a lecture that she has to eat better — we brought her back home. We lit candles for a birthday cake to quietly celebrate her 90th birthday.
Such is our life now, 25 years later. Firmly fixed in our life together, and caregiving that is necessary for his mother. Caring for her is challenging, but as I said, it’s what we do.
Life is short: show those you love how you love them.