I had a "family" table the other day at work. It was a lesbian couple, probably in their late forties, and an older lady. She was the mother of one of the lesbians.
She was the mother of the one in the wheelchair.
I wouldn't say she was a completely paralyzed from the neck down, but it wasn't a waist down paralysis. She had a powered wheelchair and she could maneuver it as she needed to without assistance. But she had limited use of her hands. She definitely relied on her companion (which I say because I hate the term "partner").
This was one of the nicest tables I've waited on. And it wasn't just because they were family. They were polite, they said thank you, they said please when they needed something, and they were pleasant to talk to. I didn't dread going to the table.
And to watch the love and devotion between these two...was just a privilege. To watch the one cut up food and feed it to her sweetheart, to watch her care for her, was so adorable.
As I watched them, all I could think of was, "how can people say that this is wrong? How can people say that these two shouldn't be married?" How many people, gay or straight, would stay? It can't be easy for the two of them. If I was in that situation, I imagine it would be downright difficult. But it's worth it to them. It doesn't matter that there are difficult times. They love each other. Period. And that is real love...complete devotion...being willing to do anything to be with the one you love.
When they left, the woman in the wheelchair was able to make her way towards the door under her own power. And the other? She helped the mother stand, gave her the cane she needed to walk, and let her lean on her arm as they headed towards the door.
I don't think I'll ever forget that moment. That's good people right there. That's what family is all about. And I hope I see them again.