We are in the process of planning Geo's grandparents 60th wedding anniversary and a few nights ago I emailed Grandma the Great about some details of her wedding...I hope the Greats won't mind, but I want to share some things about them, their love story if you will...because I'm thankful that love like theirs exists.
Grandma told me that she was 16 when she and her "Johnny" started dating, he waited for her to turn 18 so they could get married. They were so young when they got married people didn't think it would last, that they didn't know what they were doing. They've proved so many people wrong, they are the proud parents of three sons, three daughters in law, two grandsons, two granddaughters in law, one great grandson, and two great granddaughters.
Looking at the two of them it is SO obvious they are still so in love after all these years. Hearing Grandma's sweet voice saying "Johnny, oh Johnny" Hearing Grandpa's gruff yet tender voice calling Grandma "Dolly"...their love is evident, even to those who do not know them.
They are wonderful role models for married people all over, perhaps if more people took the time to honor their wedding vows each and every day and to say I love you and mean it there would be fewer divorces and many more happy people.
I hope in 50 years Gabriel and SarahAnne can say that we had the kind of marriage the Greats have; one that was rooted deeply in hope, faith, and love for one another.