Yes, today is Lorraine and my 17th anniversary. I am so thankful for her, and what she has meant to me, and what we have shared. That includes a lot of good times, of course, of music, and family, and friends.
It also includes times when one or the other has been sick or low. Lorraine is getting to see all the best parts of this current medical project; all the yuckiest sights, and dealing with depressed, cranky, and impatient me. We've talked about this kind of thing over the years -- acknowledged to each other that sometimes we really are saying under our breath, "...in sickness and in health, in sickness and in health, etc.") as we do what we need to do to take care of each other.
And we do take turns with this, thankfully. I remember saying those words to myself when Lorraine came down with the Norovirus as we were driving home from Southern California last Christmas. And so on, into the past; and so on, into the future. I don't take it for granted, and I know she doesn't either.
And while I'm on the topic here in the blog, I don't take the care and support I've received from others for granted either. My sister in law and my brother have both taken turns watching over me and helping me feed myself these last two days as I cry and groan and burp (a lot), when Lorraine couldn't be here. I'm still at a loss to say thank you to all of the staff at Overlake - even though I have my voice to use now - and to all the family and friends sending love and support. Before I'm done there will be a lot more thanks due. I'll keep trying to keep up.
I love you, Lorraine.
Dr. Adam Burdick has been a professional musician for over two decades. Teaching, conducting, and performing in various music genres, he is also a perpetual student with interest in a wide range of topics. He loves to ponder and share his discoveries with anyone interested!