Monday, July 20, 2009

Caring is as caring does

Today, July 20th, is our 24th wedding anniversary. My 20th anniversary as a spouse caregiver lies 5 months ahead; yes, Patti still has Multiple Sclerosis.

Phenomenal what science CANNOT accomplish.

40 years ago, on July 20th, I sat mesmerized by television images of Apollo 11 successfully landing on the moon. Only a dozen years earlier, I watched the Soviet Union’s Sputnik satellite float across the night sky.

Phenomenal what science CAN accomplish.

Science is as science does.

As pictured, 24 years ago, it was an eclectic reception, cake was traditional attire was not. Foregoing the rote vows of "in sickness and in health ..."; we embraced the poetry of Khalil Gibran.

“Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.”

In spite of progression of Multiple Sclerosis, home care, and care facility era endlessly redefining our lives, the poetry sings through time.
“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.”

Caring is as caring does.

In my private daily temple to "if you can put a man on the moon, why can't you cure ..." NASA photos of Apollo 11 decorate our laundry room; one small step for man one giant leap for appliances.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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  1. LOL, appliances. They want to spend some more billions on planet/moon/space trips...I missed the report on all it got us. Any cures? Can't we get our planet healthy b4 we start landing on other ones?? Just asking.

  2. Happy Anniversary to you and Patti dear friend! I've often asked with all that has been discovered, why they haven't found a way for me to hear. Some things just don't seem as awe inspiring as others I guess. (Hugs)Indigo

  3. Happy anniversary Patrick and Patti! imagine what would have happened with research if they had taken all the money they used on space projects and sending men to the moon and used it in medical research to try to find a cure for cancer or to prevent multiple sclerosis. no idea why they felt it was so important to put someone on the moon when there are so many people that could benefit from research here on earth........


  4. Happy anniversary to you, Patrick and Patti. Thanks for the wedding photos!

  5. Happy Anniversary to you and Patti,
    you both looked so young and happy at the wedding, what great fun, you can tell how much you love one another.
    Congratulations on 24 years.

  6. (((((((((((((PATRICK)))))))))))))))Happy Anniversary to the both of you.My parents have been married for 44 years this year.I can still see how much you both love eachother.

  7. Happy belated anniversary, Patrick and Patti. God bless you both!


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