Sunday, November 18, 2012
The Love Letter Campaign ~ My Best Friend
You said "I love you" to me today and it was sincere. There are times when all I hear you say is "I don't know how to love anymore, I am not even sure that I love myself". I was asked why I stayed with you even when times got hard for us. I thought about it and i think I am ready to express myself to you. When I first met you, I was a country girl who had just lost her mother and it felt like I was losing my life! You did not judge or mistreat me, you became my best friend. You grew on me and I grew on you. You gave me purpose and helped me to pick up the pieces of my life. As we grew, I noticed a change in you, that I was not expecting. You found out you had PTSD and TBI in the early stages. As things got worse so many times, I wanted to leave, but my heart would not let go. We have had good and bad days and it seems like at times, the bad out weighs the good. Then I look at you and I realize that my love for you looks past the PTSD and it gets past the TBI. I did not marry those conditions. I married a man who is kind-hearted, loving, and funny just to name a few. No matter what we have been though on this journey, we have done it together. I am honored that you chose me to be your wife. Just like you have always been my best friend, I will always be yours. You always have told me that you would do anything to protect me and never let anything happen to me. To this day, that is a promise that you have kept for me. As I look into your eyes each day, I fall in love all over again. You are the owner of my heart. I cherish each moment that we have together, because of God, you and so many others that helped to make it possible for our freedom. No matter how much I hear you say that you love me, I know that you do, because you show me through the little things that you do for me. Just remember, when you wonder why I stay, its because, you are my hero, my lover, and my best friend.
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.