Earth Day, April 22, 2015
Wedding bands are taken off for surgeries. So, too, this was the case with Gordon’s open heart surgery just after Easter. So I placed his ring on my hand, securing it with tape lest it would slip off during these intense days. The gold of both our rings is smooth and thinner now than 62 years ago when, young and tremulous with wonder and hope about what lay ahead for us, we placed them on each others fingers as symbols of love and the bond of marriage.
We celebrate today, for he did not slip away during those long hours of pain and waiting,of hoping and not knowing. With the committed care of many doctors and nurses he is returned to us. I place my hand, wrinkled and worn with work and age, on his, our rings together. His hand still large. square, and strong but seasoned and bent with time.
We shall have a little ceremony when he comes home today and I will slip it on his finger once again… another marriage commitment… for the last part of the journey.. The old familiar words are now sculpted, shaped and honed, made rich and potent and ripe by years of shared living… … for better or worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health…. till death do us part….as long as we both shall live.