Military’s love… in sickness!

by Stephen on August 6, 2012 · 29 comments

in Military Stories

The passengers on the bus watched sympathetically as the attractive young woman with the white cane made her way carefully up the steps. She paid the driver and, using her hands to feel the location of the seats, walked down the aisle and found the seat he’d told her was empty. Then she settled in, placed her briefcase on her lap and rested her cane against her leg.

It had been a year since Susan, 34, became blind. Due to a medical misdiagnosis she had been rendered sightless, and she was suddenly thrown into a world of darkness, anger, frustration and self-pity. And all she had to cling to was her husband, Mark.

Mark was an Air Force officer and he loved Susan with all his heart. When she first lost her sight, he watched her sink into despair and was determined to help his wife gain the strength and confidence she needed to become independent again.

Finally, Susan felt ready to return to her job, but how would she get there? She used to take the bus, but was now too frightened to get around the city by herself. Mark volunteered to drive her to work each day, even though they worked at opposite ends of the city. At first, this comforted Susan, and fulfilled Mark’s need to protect his sightless wife who was so insecure about performing the slightest task. Soon, however, Mark realized the arrangement wasn’t working. Susan is going to have to start taking the bus again, he admitted to himself. But she was still so fragile, so angry-how would she react?

Just as he predicted, Susan was horrified at the idea of taking the bus again. “I’m blind!,” she responded bitterly. “How am I supposed to know where I am going? I feel like you’re abandoning me.”

Mark’s heart broke to hear these words, but he knew what had to be done. He promised Susan that each morning and evening he would ride the bus with her, for as long as it took, until she got the hang of it. And that is exactly what happened. For two solid weeks, Mark, military uniform and all, accompanied Susan to and from work each day. He taught her how to rely on her other senses, specifically her hearing, to determine where she was and how to adapt her new environment. He helped her befriend the bus drivers who could watch out for her, and save her a seat.

Finally, Susan decided that she was ready to try the trip on her own. Monday morning arrived, and before she left, she threw her arms around Mark, her temporary bus-riding companion, her husband, and her best friend. Her eyes filled with tears of gratitude for his loyalty, his patience, and his love. She said good-bye, and for the first time, they went their separate ways. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday… Each day on her own went perfectly, and Susan had never felt better. She was doing it! She was going to work all by herself.

On Friday morning, Susan took the bus to work as usual. As she was paying the fare to exit the bus, the driver said, “Boy, I sure do envy you.” Susan wasn’t sure if the driver was speaking to her or not. After all, who on earth would ever envy a blind woman who had struggled just to find the courage to live for the past year?

Curious, she asked the driver, “Why do you say that you envy me?” The driver responded, “It must feel good to be taken care of and protected like you are.”

Susan had no idea what the driver was talking about, and again asked, “What do you mean?”

The driver answered, “You know, every morning for the past week, a fine-looking gentleman in a military uniform has been standing across the corner watching you as you get off the bus. He makes sure you cross the street safely and he watches until you enter your office building. Then he blows you a kiss, gives you a little salute and walks away. You are one lucky lady.”

Tears of happiness poured down Susan’s cheeks. For although she couldn’t physically see him, she had always felt Mark’s presence. She was lucky, so lucky, for he had given her a gift more powerful than sight, a gift she didn’t need to see to believe-the gift of love that can bring light where there is darkness.

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1 Simon z.b August 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

This is true love at its best, the greatest gift a man can give to his woman is love her beyond measure, care for like his own soul, I wish to care for my wife and love her for the rest of my life.

2 Radhika August 7, 2012 at 1:26 am

So sweet story….thanks to the author for such a wonderful story.

3 Rebecca August 7, 2012 at 2:06 am

That is “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health ” in action! If only couples will practice this, there will be no divorce and no family shattered where children are best hit bu it.

4 Ruby August 7, 2012 at 2:25 am

I’m very thankful that God gave me the best man I ever had, my husband.

5 Vandana August 7, 2012 at 5:56 am

Wow…Amazing..

6 MIMI August 8, 2012 at 5:05 am

I pray to be loved like this for the rest of my life…by the man of my dreams…my soulmate.

7 Emmanuel August 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

Another classic story

8 Charles Ndisya August 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

This is a very inspiring story about true relationship… Thanx for sharing this story. I promise the day i’ll get married i’ll love my wife more like this

9 Noeme D. Catayas August 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

It’s a really touching story – a human experience of how God loves each one of us. Thanks for generously sharing life edifying stories. God bless always.

10 Mariah Bear August 10, 2012 at 4:03 am

Sooo cute. I hope there will be boys now-a-days like the ones in the story….. love love love

11 Musonda August 11, 2012 at 3:25 am

Too good to be true in this cruel world but I hope to see people like this man. I wish to be a man like him in all difficult situations that may befall my lovely wife. I’m strenghened by the story….

12 Marie Selene August 11, 2012 at 5:59 am

This story is so heart warming….

Honestly, love is everywhere but true love is rare… : )

13 Ifeanyi August 12, 2012 at 5:09 am

This is love indeed.

14 Ruba August 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

A beautiful everlasting love story. Hope that my future soulmate will love, care and protect me, till my very last breath..

15 Jignesh August 18, 2012 at 7:49 am

Really a nice story. True love rarely exists.

16 Priyanka August 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

It’s really awesome and heart touching story..! It has magnified love for my husband….

17 Nitin August 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

It can happen when you are truly in love with someone who loves you more than you do. Thanks for sharing.

18 Daniel August 22, 2012 at 5:25 am

Wonderful story indeed, this is unconditional love. Very good work, keep it up.

19 Tong August 31, 2012 at 5:17 am

I want to love like the man in the story… I will love my wife with all my heart and with all that I am.. I hope to be loved back in equal measure or more.. I believe in fate in destiny that there is someone very special out there waiting for me..

20 G September 14, 2012 at 1:42 am

I think I’ve found that man I’ve always been waiting for. I can count myself lucky like her. 🙂

21 Dan Magallanes September 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

This is so amazing!

22 Rita Borg October 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Love is treasure all the good things we give to the people that we love is nothing more the gifts of joy we reciece back.

Love story like this is so genuine love. Thank you.

23 Hennie April 16, 2013 at 5:47 am

That made me cry. Really makes you think how lucky and grateful we should be towards are loved ones.

24 Rosalie May 24, 2013 at 10:28 am

So inspiring story…I wish all men are like Mark on the story…

25 Deba May 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Well done.

26 Genisa August 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

True love, indeed! So nice 🙂

27 Samkayla August 31, 2013 at 6:09 am

Inspiring… God made made every lady from a certain man’s rib. Once you get a man who loves you unconditionally and you have the same love in return, you were made from his rib. Thank God always.

28 Santhi swaroop betha September 10, 2013 at 3:48 pm

That’s a good heart touching love story.

29 Jake September 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Amazing story thanks

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