I have been married for more than 16 years and with my wife for close to 20 years. For her this is half her life for me just a bit less.
We have been through so much together. Good times and bad. But through all of it we have been together. Today she is at Cedars Hospital having a complex test done on her back as follow up to a back surgery from last February which has not left her in the best of shape. I am sitting in the waiting room as I write this.
While its just a test and she will be fine, and hopefully we will even find out what is causing the chronic pain,... as the doctor explained the potential risks of the procedure to us, just before they asked me to leave the room, my wife and I looked into each others eyes. Nothing needed to be said. In that visual exchange we communicated the love we have for each other, the compassion we have for each other, the respect we have for each other, the appreciation we have for each other and the history we have together. It was a bittersweet glance as it occurred just before a procedure but powerfully reminded both of us the love we share.