Losing Dad

A Man Who Loves a Woman

In the song, When a Man Loves a Woman, the lyrics say, “When a man loves a woman, spend his very last dime tryin’ to hold on to what he needs He’d give up all his comforts, sleep out in the rain If she said that’s the way it ought to be.” I used to hear this song and think, this is what it means when a man loves a woman. Anyone can say, “I love you, ” but to show it is way beyond words.
This morning, my dad fell. He fell hard. It was hard for him to tell me he fell. He showed me his bruises and cuts. He told me that he woke up and tried to get out of bed, but stepped on a pair of pants he laid on the floor. He slipped on the pants and ended up on the floor. He is very thin and weak, so this wasn’t a surprise to me. He told me that he laid out the pants because he didn’t want to wake my mom when he was ready to get up for the day. There is nothing shameful about the fact that he fell. His fall was amazing. It was the result of real love. He thought ahead about the fact that my mom might want to sleep in and he didn’t want to disturb her sleep.

Sometimes my dad buys flowers for my mom for no reason whatsoever. He defends her. he kisses her everyday and every night. There love is beyond what you see in the movies. They sacrifice and give to one another. I have never seen a better example of love.

Today I realized that love exists. Love in the purest and best form can happen. My parents are an example of that love. I am looking for that love. I will not settle for less. I deserve the best and so does everyone else. No one should settle for less and no one should give any less.


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