“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
Today is the anniversary of our wedding, Ben’s and mine.
Fifteen years of togetherness.
Fifteen years in which we’ve experienced the highs, and the lows.
Fifteen years which have only served to strengthen our love, and to show us how much more there is to know about that deepening place where both our hearts dwell.
I just want to put on record how grateful I am to my husband. He has given up so much for me. He gives so much to me. Throughout the hardest years of my illness, when everyone else had turned away, he was there. He is still here.
Without him, I doubt I would even exist in this body anymore.
How can you ever thank someone for that kind of gift? That kind of sacrifice.
Everything I am able to do is because my darling husband is right behind me, or beside me, or cheering me on, or lifting me up.
I love you, Ben Phillips, and I always will. ♥♥♥