aunt sue and uncle keith...
i only met aunt sue once. it was our wedding day. june 22, 2007.
she was matt's aunt, his mother's sister, and lived in missouri. we didn't travel to missouri, and she didn't travel to nebraska, and our paths had not yet been forced to cross.
but for this day, she drove from missouri. she came to spend our special day with us. she came without uncle keith, and that was a big sacrifice. it was their anniversary. matthew and i got married the exact same day aunt sue and uncle keith had been marries years before. and she left her husband for the weekend, left her own celebration of life and love, to come celebrate ours.
in the whirlwind that was that day, i stopped to thank sue for being there. "thank you for coming, i am really glad you could be here with us. and spending your anniversary without your husband. really, thank you, it really means a lot." or something a lot less eloquent than that.
she looked at me like i had lost it. she waved her hand as if it was no big thing, and just smiled warmly back at me. it was a sacrifice, but something she wouldn't have wanted to miss. and then i was whisked off to make my rounds, talking to the many other guests.
i watched as sue danced with her sisters, and laughed and joked and loved. they were the only adults who even ventured onto the dance floor that night, i think. and they radiated love and adoration for each other. i wished so much i had a sister.
i lamented over not getting to spend more time with them that day. it was the first time i met sue and cindy and we were so busy, i hardly even got to speak to them.
but i am so glad i got the meet her that day. and i am so glad that matthew and i can share our anniversary with sue and keith.
2 months ago, sue got sick. keith devoted his life for two months to her care. he loved her, and he cared for her, and he looked after her. and as her time was drawing to an end; he just continued to love her, and hold her, and care for her. her siblings awed over the care of their sister, and how blessed they all were, knowing that keith was there to love and take care of sue. this weekend, as she drew her last breathe, he was by her side. loving her. holding her. i can scarcely breathe when i see the picture of it in my mind. the love, the adoration, the dedication, the faith, it renders me speechless, and breathless, and awestruck.
matthew and i are so lucky to share our day with sue and keith. and i hope that in many years to come, matthew and i remember to love and care for each other like keith did for sue. i hope that we don't forget what a gift love is, and how fleeting it all can be.
and every year when june 22nd approaches, we will celebrate our love, and we will be so grateful, and we will pray for many more years to come. but we will also remember aunt sue. we will remember sue and keith, and their love. and we will be remember how blessed we are.