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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Forever Love

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I thought I'd share couples in my life that mean a lot to me. There comes along in your life a couple, or several, that you just know they belong together to be a complete person.
I've had three such relationships in my life that not only touched my heart, but stuck. The first relationship was my own parents, though until a couple of years ago I didn't realize the full extent. My mother adored my father, though he wasn't in our lives as I grew up. Every man she ever dated was compared to him. Of course, they fell way short. Turns out my father felt the same way about my mother. Now that he's in our lives again, they are practically inseparable.

The second couple that has stuck in my heart is my husband's grandfather and his second wife. He was a Korean Vet and a musician who fell in love with another musician, a singer. Due to a lifetime of drinking and serving military time his liver started to fail. For over thirty years she took care of him, getting him to dialysis and cooking things he could eat. Just seeing them together and hearing them talk about each other, you knew they were meant for each other. She never gave up on him.

The last relationship has been my own with my husband. We met at fifteen, engaged at sixteen and married at nineteen. Yes, loads of people said we were too young, but we knew there was no one else for either of us. We've been together seventeen plus years and everyday feels like the beginning.
What do you think makes a lasting relationship? Do you have any couples that you think of the same way in your lives?

5 comments:

Paty Jager said...

My mom's parents were a "complete couple". They complimented each other in every way. I also had a great aunt and uncle on my dad's side that you could feel the mutual love, affection, and respect they held for one another. And I'd have to say my husband and I. We've been married going on 33 years and we still enjoy each other and spend a great deal of time together ranching and traveling.

When I think about my friends, I have a hard time picturing them as content and happy with one another or that they complete one another. Very sad, when I think about it.

Fun post.

Judith Ashley said...

I think lasting relationships whether within a 'couple' or 'friends' are built on a strong foundation of friendship - the two people enjoy each other's company and look forward to spending time together.

maepen said...

Hi Paty. Thanks for the comments. 33 years is great! I can't wait to get there myself.

Hi Judith. I definately agree that your have to have strong friendships before a marriage. I married my best friend and to this day he is the only best friend I've kept through each move.

Diana Mcc. said...

Hi, Mae! It was nice finally meeting you today and putting a face to your name.:) Very nice post. My best friend is my husband. My next best friend is my sister. Trust,respect and love are the foundations of a good relationship in my opinion.

Christy Carlyle said...

Thanks for this lovely post, Mae. It touched my heart and made me consider the couple that set a model for me. It would have to be my grandparents, who treated each other with love, kindness, respect and a healthy sense of humor.

My husband is definitely by best friend and I think that is a key ingredient of a successful marriage.

Happy Valentines Day (in advance) to you and your hubby. It was nice to see the two of you at the Jayne Ann Krentz event last night.