"Luke, you are the piece I hadn't known was missing. Today, that piece will be permanently joined. I promise to love, support, and care for you in all the ways you need, in fair weather and foul, illness and health. I vow to be respectful, loyal, and honest -to laugh and cry with you. From this moment, I join my life with yours, standing by you always."
I spoke those words eight years ago today. He is, and always will be, a part of me. My promises still hold even though we've grown apart. The strangest part of everything about today is that I feel surprisingly little. It's as if it occurred in a parallel universe and another me had that day.
Oddly, the furrow on my finger where my ring rested for so long looks deeper today, but that might just be because I'm looking.