From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

February 3

I watched a tapestry in the making in a hospital room the other night. The first threads were woven together 53 years before when Mac and Asa Lee dated, fell in love and were married. They reared a son and a daughter and enjoyed the arrivals of five grand -children over the years. Then Mac’s health began to fail.

I met Asa Lee when several of us from our church stopped at the Veterans Administration Medical Center to sing carols.

Mac suffers from congestive heart failure and Parkinson’s and also has an eye condition that has robbed him of most of his sight. He didn’t seem to recognize his wife.

Our singing done, we started for the door. I saw Mac turn his head with great difficulty and reach toward his wife. She instantly returned to his side and grasped his outstretched hand, bending near to give him another kiss.

The clasped hands and shared kiss spoke of a love that had knit together the joys and overcome the pains of a 53-year tapestry of love and devotion as ancient as creation and as new as tomorrow’s sunrise.

Vicki Marsh Kabat

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