we are constantly inundated w/images that limit love to wide-eyed swooning, or eroticism, or a life full of happy moments. i have learned that beyond those things, love is work. it is dressing and feeding a spouse who is no longer capable. it is patiently storing away rings that no longer fit the ever-shrinking hands you held in your wedding ceremony. it is expressing affection to a face that at times, does not recognize yours. i have had the honor of witnessing what “in sickness and in health” looks like, and the work that goes into honoring vows and truly loving someone unconditionally. happy 27th, mom & dad.