Monday, December 20, 2010

Taking Care of My Man

Yesterday morning, I anticipated that my partner would be leaving to drive to Pittsburgh to stay with his mother for a few days, then bring her back mid-week to eat.  I mean to visit... whatever... she's joining us again for Christmas.

Unfortunately, my partner was in severe pain and could barely move.  He has a chronic condition that flares up when he works too hard.  He had carried heavy bags of stuff for his Mom from our basement to his car on Saturday.  That work caused his muscles in his legs to lock, and he was in agony.

Sometimes you have to change your plans and focus on the one who you love the most.  Goodness knows, he has done that for me this year!  So I spent a lot of time yesterday easing his pain, helping him relieve it by soaking, resting, and with some massage.

As busy as we all tend to be, when your other half needs you, all other things go out the window and you do what you have to do: make things better.  Ease tension.  Relieve pain.

While my partner was taking a nap, I took some of my elderly friends grocery shopping and visited with my aunt.  But otherwise, I hung around the house caring for my beloved best half.  In sickness and in health and all that.  I really mean it.  Even though we cannot be legally married in the state where we live, we both believe in the commitment that is stated in the marriage vows by straight couples.  Through thick and thin, good times and bad, we are there for each other.  Yesterday was my day to be his caregiver -- and I am happy to do whatever he needs.

I sure hope he gets better soon, so he can continue with his plans to see his Mom and have her join my brother, his wife, and me for Christmas.

Life is short:  show those you love that you love them.

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