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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

unspoken admiration

The truth is, I don't know my cousin like I used to. It's nobody's fault really, life just happens that way sometimes. But I've had this unspoken admiration for him for years. Six years ago, he met a woman who in 24 years had already experienced more than most people experience in a lifetime. She'd already been diagnosed with cancer and gone through chemotherapy. He married her anyway.

I can't imagine what it was like for her these last few years, but even more I wonder at the strength and the courage that it would have taken for him. Now the last few years are going to seem like cake and the months, years to come are going to require him to tap into that same deep well.

I actually feel a little guilty. I feel guilty because my life right now is so perfectly, blissfully happy and everywhere around me is chaos.... So these are my wishes and hopes or today:

  • I wish lovers could be strong enough to love
  • I wish those who deserved to Mommies (more than most mommies) could conceive
  • I wish that there was a cure for Cancer.
  • And I'd like to think that in the end, it's not our actions, what we did or didn't do that matter, but how we loved. And if that is the case, let my cousin be an example for all of us.

2 comments:

Crystal Phares said...

All I can say to you, is thank you. You are a wonderful person. Your cousin must be a brave, strong person to love like that, and I'm sure it helps to have someone like you in the family. I am truly lucky to count you among my friends.

Travis Erwin said...

Amen to all your wishes.