with Lynne and Leslie

The words of love on Gabrielle Giffords’ wedding band

by SweetMidlife

Like all of you, Lynne and I were shocked by the events of last Saturday in Tuscon, mourn the loss of the lost and pray for the recovery of the wounded and the nation. I personally was not familiar with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords before this, but was struck not only by how reportedly steadfast stance on the issues she believes in, but her love story with husband (and astronaut!) Mark E. Kelly.

In case you don’t know this, Giffords didn’t get married (for the first time) until the age of 37 (she’s 40 now). Their courtship was kinda funny (their first date was a tour of a prison!) and they’re obviously successful, attractive people. They apparently met each other right when they were supposed to.

Giffords was, obviously, on my mind a lot this week, when my editor (I’m a reporter in my day job) sent me an email suggesting a Valentine’s Day story about the inscription inside Giffords’ and Kelly’s wedding bands. It’s “You’re the closest to heaven that I’ve ever been,” a line from the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris.”

I’ve always loved that line, because it’s about vulnerability and self-contained happiness. And given that Kelly’s job is to fly into the heavens, yet he considers his wife more celestial, is awe-inspiring. I pray and hope¬†as she¬†recovers that their love gets to continue to soar.


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