We love “to break across our solitude, and then, if we’re lucky, finally transformed into something firmer.” Barrack Obama
I am a total sap for love stories where people find one another later in life. I imagine what an incredible gift it must feel like to find a satisfying partnership at a time when you are facing the remaining half of your life, or less. It speaks to our humanity that being older, infirm, or ill doesn’t diminish our desire to love and be loved. What could be more human than living as fully as you can until the light is extinguished?
I tried reading the Vows article below to a friend, but couldn’t stop crying. I had to hand it back and hope he would read it on his own.
This story is about so much more than two obviously lovely people finding each other. It’s about the importance of companionship and optimism, that our lives matter to the very end, and that investing in ourselves and one another is the highest calling.
We get these lives for free. I didn’t do anything to get this life, and no matter what the hardships are, it is free and, in a way, it’s an extraordinary bargain. Junot Diaz