This Saturday, my dad got up at 6 a.m., struck out into the chilly morning and drove to Home Depot to buy my mom a new ladder for Christmas. Msgr John(pastor of my church) happened to be there buying poinsettias. He told me he chatted with my dad for a bit and my dad's eyes lit up when he mentioned my mom's name during the conversation.
So that kinda got me thinking about what love is and what it makes people do...I think I'll list a few things my parents have done for each other as examples. Feel free to list your own!
Staying at the hospital 24/7 after a spouse has suffered a perforated colon and is on the brink of death. Staying in the chapel for 55 minutes out of every hour and then going back to ICU for 5 minutes just to be with them, then going back to the chapel for another 55 minutes for a week straight(with maybe three hours of sleep a night on a cold bench).
Getting up at 6:30 to fix egg sandwiches for a spouse before heading out to help cook tacos for Taco Sunday at church.
Passing on a major social event because one doesn't feel well and the other refuses to leave them alone while they don't feel good.
Being a chauffer for a spouse whose health doesn't allow them to drive for a period of time, which includes going to Mass and other places not commonly visited.
Waiting with a spouse, outside in the freezing cold wind, for a tow truck to arrive and pick up a car with a broken starter.
Getting up at 4:30 in the morning to drive to a spouse's parent's house while the spouse is at work and tend to a terminally ill mother in law. This includes going out to buy diapers, paying for a hospital bed, guiding a hospice nurse to the house and then getting back home to take care of their own house and family.
Being there for the spouse when that parent passes away.
Scrimping and saving to buy a spouse a special gift for no real reason other than they love them.
A spouse at work finding time to call every day(even on hellishly busy days) just to say "I love you."
Giving long hugs and kisses before bedtime every night.