Lasting Love

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.

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About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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12 Responses to Lasting Love

  1. Oh, How sweet! Your own parents. I wish mine had had a good love story.
    Congrats to both of them and to you.
    I am amazed that that long ago they allowed your mother to marry and remain in school; that would not have been allowed when my siblings and I went to school. Perhaps it was because it was a rural area?

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  2. kathleenbee says:

    What a beautiful story! I love hearing about long-lasting love.

    It reminds me of a story my step-aunt shared with me recently – something I didn’t know about her. I actually saw her for the first time in over twenty-five years, a few weeks ago, and the last time I saw her I was too young to have an adult relationship with her. Anyway, she met the love of her life when she was quite young. Her father was a lawyer and the man she fell in love with was a farmer. Her parents didn’t want her to marry him so they arranged an overseas holiday touring Europe, hoping that she’d forget about him. She showed me an old dairy from 1957 where she’d written a letter to Arthur every day, telling him about her holiday adventures, and how much she loved and missed him. Turns out distance did make their hearts grow even fonder and had the opposite effect from what her parents intended. But the fact that Arthur still wanted her after all those months, seemed to ensure my aunt’s father that he was serious about her. They were married for over 50 years, but he did pass away from cancer a while back.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Great story! I don’t blame her for skipping the prom. Why on earth would she want to go with someone else?

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    That’s a lovely story. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Jeff Salter says:

    How short-sighted of that school to have such a rule. I think I remember rules like that, but I also now there were “older” kids at most of the dances and proms I attended. In fact, I took a college girl to at least one of my HS dances.

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