It was over fifty-four years ago that I stood at a marriage altar with the girl of my dreams and heard her pledge her love to me. She emphasized her commitment with such phrases as “in sickness and in health” and “for better or worse.”
Now, fifty-four years and twenty-five days later, both of those phrases of commitment have been put to the test. She has passed every test like an Olympic gold medalist.
There were times that she stayed by my side as we swam through the murky waters of financial needs in our struggle to rear a family of five children. During those same years, there were many hours of dealing with other hardships and sicknesses.
Possibly the greatest test of her commitment and faithfulness came as we heard the top physician of the Oklahoma center for the Muscular Dystrophy Association confirm what my neurologist had suspected -- ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) – better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Through it all, Margaret – who committed herself to be faithful “for better or worse,” and “in sickness and in health” – has done just that.
It is any wonder that over the years I have come to think of her as “BESTWYF?”
If you ever see a lady driving a car with an Oklahoma license plate reading BESTWYF – that’s my wife.
Believe me, she has earned the name.