Love and Romance: After 60 Something Years

Have you ever
known a couple who have a fairy tale romance? A relationship that lets
you know happily ever after really does exist? A relationship that
gives you faith true love is a reality and not some empty promise our
parents gave us?

My Aunt Maxine and Uncle Bill (picnicking
in above photo-1954) had that marriage. I say “had” because after 60+
years of wedded bliss my uncle passed on…a very sad day for my aunt
and entire family. I grew up spending endless summers with them and am
so grateful they were in my life.  Wow how blessed I am to have gotten
to see true love first hand.
Having a failed marriage
myself I sat my aunt down one day and asked her what she felt was the
secret to a long, happy and successful relationship. Here’s what she
had to say:
  1. Have fun together – really like each other – (makes sense…to be each others best friend)
  2. Overlook each others faults – (ouch, I wasn’t so good here…)
  3. Patience and understanding – (blew it again!)
  4. Never go to bed mad -( Wow did I suck at this one!)
  5. Good sense of humor ( right up my alley)
  6. Supportive – help each other when you’re down ( definitely gotta be there for each other)
  7. LOVE each other – and this is the bottom line – what everything stems from.
So, if you’re in a reflective state or on your way into a
new relationship – think about this simple but sage advice from a woman
who was still madly in love with her husband after 60+ years of
marriage and feels their time together was not nearly enough to express
their love.
A beautiful example for me…I hope it will be for you too.