Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Love Letter Campaign: Words Cannot Describe

Dear Tony,

Words cannot describe how much I love you. I fear that what I say will not do justice to how I feel about you and what you mean to me.  I knew the night we met all those years ago, that I was going to marry you.  We had so much in common and you made me laugh, smile, and we shared hopes and dreams.  I also knew at that moment that you had a kind heart as you walked me out to my car.  You have the type of kind heart that would do anything for anyone.

I remember the first Ranger ball we went to together shortly after meeting. I was so nervous about meeting your friends, fellow Rangers, and officers.  You put me at ease and I felt comfortable and safe with you.  I never will forget that night and how it had started to rain before we left the ball.  You gave me a kiss on the cheek before you went out to get your car and bring it around so that I wouldn’t have to walk in the rain in my dress. 

I know we didn’t waste much time by getting married so quickly and then having Cindy and Hugh right away, but I would not change any of that at all.  I know we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs, but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.  Why?

You’re my sparring partner.  Without you, I would not be able to come up with the great arguments I come up with!  J  You know me well enough to know how to argue with me and give me other things to think about or another perspective from which to look at a situation.  You challenge me. 

You never let me give up on my hopes and dreams and here I am all these years later, about to fulfill it all.  You’ve taught me a lot about myself and always encouraged me.  You’ve never let me think for one moment that I couldn’t accomplish my goals.  You have always wanted the best for the kids, and me even if it meant sacrificing your goals and yourself for the time being.  For that, I am thankful because I would not be achieving my goals without you.  I know that was a hard thing to do, but I know you always tried to put us first and you still do to this day.  

You have taught me how to be a better person.  I’ve watched you all these years and I’ve taken in how you’ve handled others with kindness and compassion.  From your soldiers with personal problems, to being a CAO after being hurt severely, to the young lady you rescued from a burning car during the throes of your own issues, to the homeless man who needed a place to go, to your Ranger buddies, you constantly stop to help others in their time of need.  Even in your darkest moments and struggles, you have constantly tried to help others and make others feel good with laughter or a joke or taking them to get the help they need.  You, my dear, have God’s love in your heart and you always try to share it with others and me through your service, kindness, compassion, and sense of humor. 

I love you,
Aimee



Submitted by Aimee Wisyanski 

This blog post is part of The Love Letter Campaign... a project started by FamilyOfaVet.com to encourage those who love a hero to write a letter sharing their story (where they started, what they've faced together, and why their love endures). It's not just for spouses, but also for parents, siblings, caregivers, and friends. It's about telling the "rest" of our stories... stories that continue despite PTSD, TBI, and the challenges of life after combat. To share your love letter or find out more about the campaign, visit http://www.familyofavet.com/love_letters.html.

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