When you marry another person, you make a vow to love and cherish your spouse through thick and thin, as long as you both shall live. But what if that commitment is tested by serious illness or financial difficulty?
Would you stay together?
Are there limits on how far love can go?
Kim and Krickitt Carpenter never expected their commitment to each other to be tested so early, when 2 months after their wedding, a car accident left Krickitt with a traumatic head injury and in a coma.
When she awoke several weeks later, her rehabilitation began, but Krickitt had no memory of her husband. The previous 18 months when they had met, fallen in love, and been married were completely erased. Kim and Krickitt had to start all over again with the stress of physical rehabilitation, mounting medical bills and amnesia against them.
Love is a commitment
Against enormous odds they stuck together.
They fell in love again.
And they kept the marriage vows they had made to each other.
Interview with Kim and Krickitt Carpenter
Last week, thanks to Grace Hill Media, I had the opportunity to interview the Carpenter’s about their story. I want to share a bit from that interview in this post.
What I wanted to know most from the Carpenter’s was what message they wanted people to hear as they heard their story. Here was their response:
The hope that we have is that it is really able to teach people both married or not the blessing of doing what you saying you are going to do.
That is such an important message to be spread because we don’t hear it that often. We need more people to be spreading this important message.
When we hear a story like this it can be tempting to put the Carpenter’s up on a pedestal. In reality they are just like anyone else and they want people to know that.
We’re a typical American family that has struggles and we go through these challenges … In many respects the world, and the media for that matter, has tried to make us out be some extraordinary couple – that is one of a kind – when in fact that really is not the case. We would like to think that we are as normal as any solid next door neighbour. We argue., We fuss and fight. We have all the challenges just as anybody else. We are no different than the rest in that aspect.
They elaborated more on the message they want to be heard.
If this story can inspire a relationship to be re-invigorated or this story can defy the pursuit of divorce or this story can provide a message to somebody who may not be married who is planning to or even to a kid, a young kid, to learn what it’s like to do the right thing then obviously that’s what we feel is the most valuable part and aspect to why we have this movie [and book] to begin with.
It’s just such a blessing to have this platform and to deliver this kind of message that we have … It’s more of a message of inspiring lives to know that if we have challenges such as this that are going to help people … that in itself is a real joy for us.
Then they shared a recent incident where their story is making a difference:
Just last night one of our security team members came up to me … he was very emotional and he said: “Mr Carpenter. I saw the movie earlier today and I want you to know that I am going to go back home and I am going to work it out with my wife. We are not doing well. We are going to make it work. If you guys can do this and you’ve inspired people to learn how to do it .. I want it to work between my wife and I.” You know, that in a sense, is a real attention getter for us because that’s truly what our message that we hope gets delivered.
I thoroughly enjoyed my interview with the Carpenter’s. I was impressed by their humbleness and their passion for spreading the message that love is a commitment!
Have you seen the movie “The Vow” or read the book?