When my husband learned his good looks weren’t the only reason I wanted to renew my vows, he was more than willing to reaffirm his love for me publicly.
The vow renewal ceremony was October 2nd, 2004, two days prior to our tenth wedding anniversary. Renaissance Man just passed the bar exam and I was busy finishing last minute details for our intimate celebration. We decided to say “I do” again for reasons similar to other couples. It would be fun and meaningful. That, and because the first time around we didn’t have money for a wedding. We eloped.
Like most little girls, I dreamed of having a real wedding. I wanted to exchange hand written vows in front of family and friends. I also wanted to wear a real wedding gown. After years of aggressive saving, I finally got my chance.
Walking down the aisle was just how I imagined. Magical.
I attended countless weddings leading up to my own. Each one was bitter sweet. While I was always happy to witness the officiating of these sacred unions, a part of me was also sad. I couldn’t help but romanticize what it was like to be a bride. I often sat in the pews holding back my tears. Putting on my wedding dress, that day back in October, was a humbling experience. Let’s just say, I was overcome with so much emotion I had to redo my mascara. Guess I should’ve worn water-proof.
Couples decide to renew their marriage vows for countless reasons. Perhaps it’s because they’ve reached a milestone anniversary. Or, maybe they fell upon rocky times and are hoping for a fresh start. These are all common reasons to celebrate an enduring commitment.
But not so common is renewing your vows to donate your LIVER. That’s exactly what one Chinese woman did for her ex-husband. Apparently, Su Dan had only been divorced two months before discovering her ex-husband was diagnosed with liver cancer. Tian Xinbing did not have to wait long for a donor. His ex-wife offered to give him part of her liver. However, in China, organ transplants are only approved for couples that are married.
Su and Tian didn’t waste time. They decided to renew their wedding vows. Then, they both underwent a successful 10-hour liver transplant surgery. Talk about a second chance at life. This couple renewed their vows for an unimaginable reason. Cancer. Despite their past differences they came together in an effort to save a life.
Would you donate your liver to a person you recently divorced?
* For the record, I wanted to include photos of Renaissance Man. You know, the man I married. But he prefers to remain an enigma at this time.