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Valentines Day Letter to Sheryl February 14, 2017

Valentines Day Letter to Sheryl February 14, 2017


Dear Sheryl.

When I saw you for the first time sitting in the 4th row of that US government class 43 years ago, you were the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. Today when I see you, I am still captivated. One would think that after 39 years of marriage I would know you, and yet you remain a wonderful mystery to me. As we grow older I realize your strength is unbending, yet when we decided to marry I thought I was strong and you would rely on me. I could not have been more wrong.

Through the years my love for you has grown more than I could have imagined.  These past years you have held to me when I thought I lost everything, you have given me hope when I had none and you have loved me when I was unlovable.

As I have struggled with diabetes you have stuck with me. You have seen my many highs, and you help me treat my many lows. You have seen me when I was scared, angry and depressed about living with diabetes, and yet you have loved me each day.

Then 16 years ago we found a new, more difficult challenge. One I never dreamed I might face. When the doctor said Rheumatoid Arthritis, you held my hand and offered your shoulder as I cried an endless stream of tears. You have seen me almost unable to walk, unable to love myself, and then unable to work. You helped me find new treatments and wept with me when medicines have failed.

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  1. Such a beautiful story of love. I hope you and Sheryl had a lovely Valentine’s day!

    • Thank you Kelly. I am fortunate to have found my lovely wife!!

  2. What a beautiful expression of your love for Sheryl! I’ve always known you were one great and crazy guy…..with one gigantic heart! I will always keep you in my prayers and the strawberry stains in my heart!

    • Thank you Rosalie!!! So good to hear from you. You know I am a fortunate person in more ways to one, but one of those ways is that I have you as a friend.

      • Friends from way back…30 yrs? Wow! Your picture came up as someone I might know on Facebook. I hadn’t talked to you in ages, thought I’d check in to see how you were doing. Dont be a stranger!

        • I hope you are doing well. You will find it funny that I have a door to my home office. In case anyone asks it is a wall, wall. As opposed to what we used to hang out in. 🙂

  3. Beautiful Rick! What a life you 2 have lived together. Very inspiring today, when so many people out relationships in the ‘too hard’ basket if they have to be more giving to their partner.

    Happy belated valentines to you both.

    • Thank you, Ashleigh. I appreciate the very kind words. Sheryl often says that marriage is the hardest / best work we humans do. I agree. It is always great to write my annual letter.

  4. Gorgeous! We diabetics owe a lot of thanks to those who pair up with us.

    • Emma, we certainly do. Sheryl and I have been married 39 (almost 40) years and I have had diabetes for 42 years. There has never been a time while together that I have not had diabetes. It still amazes me that Sheryl picked me. I am a fortunate person.

  5. Rick-beautiful tribute to what I’m certain is a beautiful woman, inside and out!

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