On Valentine’s Day, I thought it was appropriate to share with you this email from Kathi, one of the listeners to my radio program.
My husband and I have been married for 16 years. We have one natural child, a boy, 13, and are caring for five others my mom adopted (my mom is a widow).
At the end of last year, my husband was in a motorcycle accident. He was intubated for three very long days, and hospitalized for seven. During his silence, I realized a few things:
1. I knew if he never spoke to me again, he loved me and I knew he knew I loved him.
2. I already appreciated him and loved him and cared for him as I should.
3. The reason he was such a wonderful husband was because I treated him as I should and, in return, have always felt and been very loved.
As he lay in the hospital bed and couldn’t speak to me, I realized how much I missed the text messages and the two or three phone calls a day I would get from him, the tap on my rear when I was cooking and he came into the kitchen, and him standing at the door when he comes home every day and we give each other a kiss. I just wanted to hear him say “I love you,” and when he did it, it was more precious than the day we married.
I was there every day, of course, and would cry each night when I had to leave him. I was able to bring him home two days before Thanksgiving, and then continued to care for him for eight more weeks. I told everyone I was having an 8 week-long vacation with my best friend. I would take him to doctor visits and to physical therapy. One of the therapists couldn’t believe I had such a positive attitude, and had such a loving environment in my home. She had expected to see an exhausted woman and an unclean, unshaven “un-helped” man like she usually saw. Instead, I was positive and happy and had helped my husband shower and shave and get dressed like I did each morning since the accident. It seemed the natural thing to do.
In his times of depression, I encouraged him; in his tears, I comforted him, and now I have released him back into the world fully recovered. He frequently gets down on his knees and holds my hands and looks me in the eyes, and says “I love you and I trust you with my life.” He often asked me why I did all this for him. I looked at him and told him “because I love you and know you would do it for me.”
I have never read one of your books, but have always agreed with you. I guess the beautiful examples of the proper care and feeding of husbands I had in my life taught me all the things you are trying to teach each caller now. I hope I am as good an example to my children. I hope this letter causes someone to appreciate their “best friend” even more. Thank you for all you do.