As a medical student and future physician, my heart is warmed to hear the stories of love my patients share with me everyday. This week in particular it was the men who seemed to really come through. They all showed up for their woman, in the vulnerability of ill health to support her. Each anxious to provide details of what he has witnessed and ready to do whatever he could to help restore her health.
One man in particular, 10 years younger than his wife, who was struggling with her memory touched my heart. He informed that she was a “cougar” and how he still loved to dance with her though she was recently experiencing falls. He was excited to tell me that he was her new coach, training her at the gym to improve her balance. Leg presses, pool time he was a man with a plan. Not only was he her physical coach, but also her mental coach sharing that he always test her memory and encourages her to partake in activities to improve it. She sat smiling rolling her eyes. They were truly flirting like teenagers after 46 years of marriage. The notebook might not be a fairytale after all.
To me, this is what love is all about. Leaning on one another when we fall. Supporting one another when we aren’t strong. Showing up reminding one another when we forget who we are. Proving that no matter what goes wrong we will be there all long.
Ps… ladies, sometimes I feel as since I am the woman I should be the one to take care of my man. But this reminds me that a good man will take care of me too. .
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