Last night my 14 year old grandson texted me this picture saying it reminded him of his great-grandparents, my husband's parents. Now how many 14 year olds would even take the time to look at a picture like this, let alone text it to his grandparents because it made him think of his great-grandparents. What kind of love is so strong that it has made such an impression on a 14 year old?
I have to admit, this picture and title does fit my in-laws to a T. My father-in-law will be 90 in March and my mother-in-law will be 85 the same month. In my entire life, I have never seen a couple more devoted to each other. They are the epitome of unconditional love and an example of God's love to everyone who knows them. They are so cute together; you can still see their eyes sparkle when they look at each other. You can't help but feel the love when you are around them.
It's no wonder my husband is such a loving and caring husband. He had the best possible role models he could have had growing up. His mom and dad were always together and always taught their boys that faith and family were the most important things on earth. They were active in both church and community as well as hard workers on their dairy farm. They built a reputation in the community as good, honest people and are still highly respected.
It's is no wonder my grandson has been influenced by his great-grandparents. They have always played a special role in their grandchildren's lives and made sure they all knew they were loved. They have showed them how special they are not just by words, but by actions. And that's how they have lived their whole lives...putting their words into action.
This is my in-laws back in better days at mother-in-law's 80th birthday when they were still able to live at home and be independent. They now live in an apartment in an assisted living home. He has a hard time getting around and she has severe respiratory disease and COPD. She is currently in the hospital and has recently been in and out of there frequently. It is really hard for them to be separated.
All the rest of us who have been lucky enough to find our true love can only aspire to the kind of deep, bonding love that my in-laws have shared for 65 years. If it is true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder their love is a beautiful thing to behold. Just ask anyone who knows them. Even a 14 year old can see it.
Until next time...that's my view.