My husband and I will be married 17 years this fall. I was 20 when we married, he was fresh out of college. We both worked, we were blessed with a daughter in 1987. He worked a night job back then to make ends meet. He missed our child terribly. She was always asleep when he returned home after the 14 hour workday.
Finally things started to look up. We were living in an apartment and tried hard to save for a house, but something else always seemed to happen, the car would need repairs, the cost of living increased. In 1993 were were again blessed with another baby daughter. At this time I stopped working to take care of our 2 girls. We had to put our older girl in private school because she is a gifted child and the public school could not teach her as we would have liked. My husband took a higher paying job to try to offset these costs but he and the company did not suit each other.
He did find something else at a lower salary and we tightened the belt. Each wedding anniversary we would wish there was a little something left for a short trip alone together, as we hadn’t been away since our honeymoon! But the cash just wasn’t available. We left our hometown, NYC, in 1997 for a better life in New Hampshire. I thought that I would be able to return to work, but once again it was not to be as I planned.
I was diagnosed with an organic brain disorder in early 1998. My husband works hard to support our family. I know, that even though I tell him that it’s okay, each anniversary he feels terribly sad because he cannot afford to give me a special gift. I think HE is a special gift, the most wonderful man I’ve ever known. I know that if we could Adopt A Diamondâ„¢ we would take good care of it and together, just like we have over the years, enjoy it and our love together.
Sandy Mulgrew, Nashua, NH