Colossians 1:9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding
Mike and I met 51 years ago at Bainbridge, Maryland. We were both in radioman “A” school learning to send and receive Morse Code. I loved it, I could send at 120 wpm and receive at 80wpm – now I can barely remember SOS!! But at age 19 it was a challenge I took on with a vengeance. From there I learned teletype, and that was the beginning of the computer age. Where the computer was the size of a two car garage and the person using the computer sat in a cubicle about the size of your driver’s seat in a vehicle!
Now we are heading toward our 51st anniversary and my challenges are of a different sort. I am challenged with taking care of my husband. His needs are not so very great, yet. I do the normal housekeeping chores, laundry, cleaning, meals. I also do the not so normal making sure he eats, making sure he’s taking his meds, making sure he gets to appointments. I am happy to do this, but I know I am just at the beginning of this portion of a new journey in our lives. I pray I never get tired of taking care of him – though I do find I get frustrated, until I remember that he doesn’t remember! I keep an eye and an ear out for him. I make sure to listen when I know he’s climbing stairs so I can help, or get help, if he falls. I make sure he gets his shoes on before he goes outside in the snow. I go behind him at night and double check the doors, to make sure they’re locked, and I turn out lights. This list could go on and on, but there’s no need – you get the idea.
I want you to also know, I know, I am blessed beyond measure! I know that, before he forgot, my husband loves me. I also know I am a dependable survivor, and I can take care of what he cannot. Tonight, as in many nights past, Mike wants me to sit with him. Just to be there, together. He usually falls asleep, but when he wakes up, I am there and he looks over, sometimes he pats my hand and falls back to sleep. It’s been a great day. Have a good evening.