In February, Libby Sanders lost her left pinky finger after an accident. After six years of marriage and parenting five children, Libby knew she had her husband, Matt, to rely on after her amputation. Libby remained optimistic after her injury, but discovered that it was the little differences that surprised her the most.
One day, while painting her nails a soft turquoise, Libby remarked to Matt how she had forgotten that she only had nine fingers to paint now.
“I simply forget that I lost my pinky, but it is always kind of a bummer when I am reminded,” she wrote about the incident on a Facebook post that has since gone viral. Matt’s response has resonated with more than 100,000 Facebook users so far:
“I will be your surrogate pinky. You can paint my pinky to match your nails for the rest of our lives.”
So Libby painted Matt’s pinky nail, and the two placed their hands together to show that, even after losing a part of yourself, love can help you remain whole.
“I cannot image a sweeter, kinder man,” Libby wrote. “No words adequately describe our love.”
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