Tuesday, January 18, 2011

in sickness and in health

My wedding vows are playing in my head right now.  ...for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health...  There have been a few reminders recently. 

Within the past week...
An old high school friend passed away.  One day shy of the two year anniversary of her cervical cancer diagnosis.  Her husband and children at her side.  Until death did they part.

My grandmother called to let us know that my grandfather is not doing well.  His health has been failing for years, but seems to be on a slippery slope.  She has been the caretaker even through her own health's ups and downs.  For better and for worse, for richer, for poorer.

My good friends, husband and wife, are struggling financially and physically.  Though they are young, their bodies have not been kind to them.  Two full hip replacements and an injured back requiring surgery between the two of them.  He in the automotive industry with successive layoffs.  She in the mortgage industry for a company that does not treat her well, but has few options given the economy.  For richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health.

My own husband, injured this weekend.  Skiing and fun turned unpleasant with one single fall.  Emergency rooms, doctors' visits, MRIs and waiting to hear on surgery.  In sickness and in health.

 If you are married, do you think you understood the depth of the commitment you made on your wedding day?  Do you think most people utter the "I do's" with little thought to the "sickness", "poorer" and "worse"?

*Photo from Flickr, under the Creative Commons license, by Kairos Photography.
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