It seems like real life love stories with a happy ending are hard to come by today unless you look to the older generations. There’s one story that I have always loved to hear as a child.
J grew up in town. One day her family had gone out for a drive in the country. On the side of the road there was a handsome man with black hair riding a horse. The horse was dancing as it walked. In that moment, watching him and his horse make their way down the road she knew she was in love. A few days later she was in the auditorium at the high school but a few seats behind her sat the man she had seen on the horse. She discovered his name. R, was a year older than her. She and her friends would walk by him and try to get his attention.
R was a country boy and many people in town looked down on them. They didn’t care. The two of them began to date. They got engaged. J’s family whisked her away on vacation to the beach under the guise of trying to convince her not to marry R. It didn’t matter what anyone said or did, she was in love. They married in May her senior year of high school. She was 17 (just a month and half before her 18th birthday) and he was 18. After they married J was told that she could not have her husband escort her to her senior prom because he had graduated the prior year. The principal told her to have someone else escort her to the dance but she choose to skip it.
J and R only needed each other. They’ve withstood the loss of a child, illness, fire, loss of their parents, among a great many other things. This couple has proven time and again that love is real. They still behave as if they were love sick teenagers, hardly ever finding one without the other. Anyone can have a love story with a happy ending so long as they don’t give up when times grow tough. You have to hold on to each other no matter what. I’m proud to call this couple mom and dad. I’m looking forward to celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary with them this year.