To Love and To Cherish

Bride and groom, California

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My family and I attended a church social yesterday evening. We were there to celebrate the marriage of an older couple in our church. They had just celebrated their 68th anniversary. That is practically unheard of in this day and time. They were  married in 1942.

1. I’ve learned things from observing  this couple.

2. A man of true strength doesn’t have to be loud, or hardened.

3. He fought in WWII, witnessed the death of his buddies…

4. Yet, this is the same man, who now in his late 80’s, lovingly helps his wife to get out of her wheelchair and into the car.

5. Over the past few years his wife has lived with severe arthritis in her back, and has hearing loss.

6. That didn’t matter last night.

7. He smiled at her and leaned over to tell her what people were saying.

8. I learned that she had a yellow Camero that she loved to drive in days gone by.

9. And she enjoyed laughing and being silly with her friends.

10. I learned when he was a boy, his family owned horses and buggies.

11. Until… his dad was one of the first in town to buy a car.

12. I told him, ” you and your wife have seen a lot of changes in society, during your marriage.”

13. He agreed.

14. I also said, ” It is one thing to read history in a book, it’s quite another to hear it from someone who was actually there.”

15. He laughed. “Yep.”

16. “to have and behold from this day on, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; until death do us part…”

17. Today’s society rarely gets a glimpse at a couple, like the one I saw last night.

18. It is almost unheard of.

19. I was honored

20. To see love, up close.


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