Thursday, September 18, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Hold

Today I am joining joining the Five Minute Friday blogging community. We write for five minutes on the same writing prompt, and then we gather at Kate Motaung's blog to share our words. It is quick and simple blogging, no over-thinking, no strict editing. This week the prompt is: Hold.



Hold

Not quite two years. That is how long Will and I had as a young married couple to walk together holding hands. At first it took us some practice to get in step with one another. One person would walk a bit fast or have too long of a stride. But soon we learned to walk together hand in hand. It became second nature, and we could immediately fall in stride with each other. Hand in hand.

Until ten years ago. Ten years ago I could no longer go for long walks. I became so sick that I soon became primarily homebound. Holding hands while walking became a thing of the past, and we bought a wheelchair to make getting out of the house a little easier for me.

I love getting out of the house with my husband whenever I am able, but it has been ten years since we have gone for a walk hand in hand. Usually I don’t think about it because it has become so normal to go out in a wheelchair. And then every once in a while I remember what it used to be like. There is a twinge of sadness. I miss holding Will’s hand while we walk.

But the sadness doesn’t stay for long. Will may not be able to hold my hand on a walk, but for nearly twelve years he has held fast to me as his wife. In sickness and in more sickness. He holds on. He stays by my side. It is a beautiful thing.

Photo Credit: Darin11111

13 comments:

Granny B said...

That is the true meaning of a great marriage. Sometimes we don't learn that unless we go thrugh the struggles. Keep holding on. You are my FMF neighbor. I would like to come back and learn more about dysautonomia.

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Tris Bendickson said...

That is a beautiful thing, sweet FMF friend. Lifting a prayer for you tonight and wishing you wellness and strength and plenty of opportunities to hold your hubby's hand. Thank you for sharing what was on your heart tonight. So glad I stopped by.

Rachel Lundy said...

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your prayers! I found your blog through the FMF link up and was so encouraged.

Rachel Lundy said...

I will keep holding on! Thank you for your words of encouragement.

Juliet Birkbeck said...

This is so moving and inspiring. Glad to have read this through the #FMF link up .

Emily said...

Beautiful, Rachel!

Shelly Hendricks said...

Rachel, me, too!!! My Brian and your Will.... they are special men beyond description. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

Rachel Lundy said...

Special men indeed! I'm glad you have your Brian. Hugs back to you!

Jen Daugherty said...

What a blessing he is...always right next to you, holding onto you! He's a keeper. ;) Beautiful words, Rachel!

dkzody said...

Praise the Lord for good husbands who are there to "hold" us through all the days of our life.

Rachel Lundy said...

Amen to that!

natalie royall said...

I appreciate this post. My husband is a paraplegic and that is the one thing I do wish we could do. But ive found that walking with my hand on his shoulder is "our way" now :)

Rachel Lundy said...

I'm sorry that you can't walk hand-in-hand either. But I'm glad you've found something special that is "your way" now.

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