‘My whole life I’ve yearned for a love that strong,’ said the poster of the photo that touched hearts everywhere.
Few of us can witness an elderly couple enjoying one another’s company or caring for each other without having an emotional response to it. And the most recent image making the internet rounds is no exception.
The sweet photo of a 96-year-old man feeding his 93-year-old wife at Wendy’s on the Love What Matters Facebook page is no exception; it’s been shared nearly 30,000 times.
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As I was sitting eating my double cheeseburger at Wendy's, I glanced over at this older couple, and thought 'That's sweet' And continued with my meal. But when I looked again, in between bites, I saw this gentleman feeding his wife. My whole life I've yearned for a love that strong. The gentleman got up from his seat to throw his food away and I couldn't resist asking how long he and his wife had been married. He looked at me and asked me to guess his age but not to guess too low. After a few guesses he told me he was 96 and his wife is 93 who is suffering from Alzheimer's. This is their date night. He also told me that if they make it till June, they will be celebrating 75 years of marriage! Getting all the way to the end of the line with the person you started out with is one of the most glorious things on the face of this earth. Could a couple be more blessed than to have that happen? To share a deep love and bond that only grows as we age, that is a beautiful thing. #LoveWhatMatters #Love #InstaLove #LoveWins #LoveAlwaysWins #BelieveInLove #CherishEveryMoment #LoveEachOther #Kindness #Hope #Joy #Compassion #FindYourJoy #LoveIt #ShowLove #GiveLove #Giving #ThankYou #SmallActs #BeLove #WeAreLove #AlwaysLove #LoveAlways #ChooseLove #SpreadLove #LoveMore ❤️ ❤️ A @LoveWhatMatters Original Story
In the meantime, they inspire us by simply embracing the long lives they’ve been blessed with, since they were out on that particular evening for their regular “date night.”
As the poster of the story said, “Getting all the way to the end of the line with the person you started out with is one of the most glorious things on the face of this earth … To share a deep love and bond that only grows as we age, that is a beautiful thing.”
Truly, to reach a point with one’s spouse at which love is fiercer than ever before, despite the disappearance of youthful vitality — well, there are few things worthier of fighting for.