This week’s romantic drama, “The Vow” starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, is based on the real-life story of a newlywed whose memory was wiped out in an injury and the patience and devotion of her husband in staying with her and teaching her to fall in love with him all over again.
It is inspired by the real-life story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, which they told in their book, The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie. He was a coach and she worked for a company that made sportswear. He called to talk about placing an order and they immediately connected.
It was only 10 weeks after the wedding that an automobile accident made Krickett lose 18 months of memories, including meeting and marrying her husband. They now celebrate two wedding anniversaries each year, the one she still can’t remember and the one where they renewed their vows two years later.
It was a very difficult time for both of them. Krickitt was often frustrated and angry. But their Christian faith continued to sustain them both and their commitment to stay together “in sickness and in health” made them persevere. “I figured, if I fell in love with this guy before, I guess I just need to meet him again,” Krickitt told People Magazine. They married again just so she could remember their wedding. “Only one thing can surpass forever the painful events we have felt,” Kim told her at the ceremony. “That is the love I have for you.”
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