In Iraq for 365

About my experiences in Iraq... the frustrations, the missions and this country... and the journey home

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Wedding vows

He is a cop. She is a nurse. You might remember him from such posts as “NCO Alley” and you have never heard of her. They wedded before we went to Iraq and they renewed their vows tonight. It was beautiful. He is Tommy. She is his wife.

They met some years ago when he was a personal trainer and she was a member of his gym. They later hooked up at a local watering hole and their lives have never been the same since. They originally married in November 2003. And the wife said goodbye to her husband, as we boarded a plane to serve our beloved country. Their love was tested, but their faith and affection for one another withstood the firefights he endured and the difficult nights of newscasts she survived. He purchased an Iraqi cell phone and called her every night. He would skip NCO Alley at times just to talk to her, and we would give him heck, calling him “whipped.” But now I know that he wasn’t whipped; he was in love… In love with a woman who would never leave him and could endure the trials of any war. She is just one of a thousand women who stand by their men after they kiss their loved ones goodbye. Why? Because there is not another man – or woman for that matter – who could fill their heart with such raw emotion. And their love could never be captivated by words or a movie.

Tonight they said “I do” for a second time, and I was honored to be there. Tommy told me that I was like a brother and his wife said I was family. Those words were special and filled my heart with joy beyond belief.

For all the things we experienced and endured, I realized that this is why soldiers do what they do… so Americans can be happy. And love can be felt.

17 Comments:

At 4:18 AM, Blogger neurotic_wife said...

Wow, a very warm hearted post. I wish them all the luck and may their lives be filled with happiness and laughter...

 
At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh Sminkie! yer just a real softie. and yer damn right!

 
At 8:21 PM, Anonymous kbug said...

beautiful post, Casanova, you're quite the romantic......who'd o' thought...... ;)

 
At 6:55 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

I love my husband very much! And it was very difficult to kiss him goodbye knowing I wouldn't get to see him again for a year. My love is so strong for him! I will always stand by his side no matter what. Hopefully he will be home soon! God Bless all the wives and families that are in this war too.

 
At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Kim said...

Drats! You haven't given us a kleenex post in quite a while... should have warned me! ;)

 
At 2:45 PM, Blogger Always Question said...

A marriage that's stood up to the test of a military deployment... especially in wartime... and come through just as strong or stronger is a beautiful thing.
Best wishes for fair winds and following seas from here on out.

 
At 9:25 PM, Blogger FbL said...

One of your more beautiful posts... Here's to the day your fellow soldiers will stand with you and your special-someone-to-be and think these same thoughts. :)

 
At 12:07 AM, Blogger JUST A MOM said...

Hey Smink where ya been? I've missed ya. Almost forget to check on ya. Don't stay away so long huh!

 
At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Sammy said...

See, Fred, I told you it was good. I knew it was a hit before you posted it.


SSG J

 
At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Sammy said...

See, Fred, I told you it was good. I knew it was a hit before you posted it.


SSG J

 
At 1:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last bit of your post truly hit home for me. There is no other man or woman who can inspire such raw emotion in me as my husband does.

I just kissed him goodbye on Monday as he went underway with the rest of the USS LOUISVILLE submarine crew. I should see him again before Christmas. It's hard, because we don't get the phone calls or messages, but we get to write long, loving emails that find their way there eventually.

It's worth every moment, to me.

 
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