“I promise to love you unconditionally, to support youin your goals and dreams, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry
with you, to share my hopes and dreams with you, and bring you solace in times
of need.” I pause, willing him to talk to me. He watches me, his lips parted,
but says nothing.
“And to cherish you for as long as we both shall
live.” I sigh.
“Oh, Ana,” he whispers and moves again, breaking our
precious contact so that we’re lying side by side. He strokes my face with the
back of his knuckles.
“I solemnly vow that
I will safeguard and hold dear and deep in my heart our union and you,” he
whispers, his voice hoarse. “I promise to love you faithfully, forsaking all
others, through the good times and the bad, in sickness or in health,
regardless of where life takes us. I will protect you, trust you, and respect
you. I will share your joys and sorrows and comfort you in times of need. I
promise to cherish you and uphold your hopes and dreams and keep you safe at my
side. All that is mine is now yours. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love
from this moment on for as long as we both shall live.”