Forgiveness

“I vow to help you love life,

to always hold you with tenderness and to have the patience that love demands,

to speak when words are needed and to share the silence when they are not,

to agree to disagree on red velvet cake, and

to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home.”

– Paige Collins, The Vow


For the second time around, I watched Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum play their role as Paige and Leo in “The Vow.” a story about love and forgiveness.

Paige (McAdams) lost her memory due to a road accident. As she was trying to regain her memory and figure everything out, Leo (Tatum) was very understanding but tried everything to make her remember her love for him. However, Paige was afraid that she might not like the life she had with Leo so she went back to live with her family, – to live the life she knew before she met him.

It was difficult for Leo but he never left her side. Towards the end however, he lost hope and gave up. He chose her happiness before his’ and respected her decision. That is true love.

As Paige lives with her family, Paige found out why she left her family. His father had an affair with her friend. Betrayed, she asked her mom why she kept it from her and why she still stayed after everything her father did. Her mom told her that she was about to leave but she chose to forgive because she love her daughters. She chose to keep her family whole and to stay with her husband “for all the things that he had done right and not to leave him for the one thing that he had done wrong.”

It hit me right deep inside.

So deep that I want to run and cry.

Forgiveness. It is not always easy, but we choose to forgive the people that are important to us because we love them so much and are afraid to lose them. It might not be fair most of the time but since we treasure our relationship with them, we forgive even if we were hurt.

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