Probably only on special occasions, right? Like wedding ceremonies.
When you utter those words, "I solemnly swear" or some variation thereof, it may seem romantic and meaningful then. But what about later? When do you get to take back your vow?
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We live in very different times.
Now we live in an era when breaking a vow is actually more common than taking one seriously. Today reasons for divorce are so trivial that it would be laughable if it weren't so sad. So what happens when you marry someone who appears to be perfectly healthy but they develop or are diagnosed with a chronic illness? Are you allowed to break the vow you made to stand by them in sickness and in health? Are you obligated to care for them forever? Consider a few examples:
Recently featured on a segment of 20/20 on ABC, Trish and Matt have been married for 13 years. When asked why she didn't consider leaving her husband, who developed narcolepsy and cataplexy during their marriage, Trish proudly stated: "I happen to love this guy." You can view their story HERE.
For Corey, who blogs about being a good husband, when people tell him he's brave for marrying a woman he knew was chronically ill, he says, "It's not really a bravery thing, it's a love thing."
For me, it's a no-brainer. I promised to try to be a good wife and love my husband come what may. Well, may has come and I'm not going anywhere.