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Over the last year the pandemic has played havoc with those looking for love. Between masks and lockdowns, it hasn’t been the easiest thing to find the one. Yet for nonagenarians John Schults and Joy Morrow-Multon, COVID actually proved a blessing in disguise.
The 95-year-olds had both been widowed twice before. However, this didn’t stop them from finding love once more. Although it was a lot trickier to date in a pandemic, the two made a lot of efforts to make it work. From dating in a bubble until they were vaccinated, to making daily phone calls, the two managed to build their relationship … and their love.
Considering the extra efforts that had to be made, Schults shared with Steve Hartman in his On The Road show for CBS, “She was worth it. It was a pain in the neck, though.”
Yet their efforts are a lesson to us all: As Schults’ son, Pete, shared, their perseverance led them to their happy-ever-after in very unusual circumstances. “They did whatever it took,” he explained in the interview with Hartman.
However, when looking at this couple-in-love, there’s a deeper reflection that is important for all couples at any stage of their relationship. The pandemic forced the pair to “return to simple pleasures” such as going out for long drives, and most importantly, “a whole lot of selflessness.”
Through finding love in lockdown, the lovebirds had to consider and adapt to each other far more than they might have done under normal circumstances. Yet it highlighted what was truly important in a relationship. From buying walkers and remembering to hold each other’s hands, these elderly romantics remind us of what married love is fundamentally about.
But possibly the most meaningful moment of the video is watching the pair say their vows and exclaiming “til death us do part.” With their wisdom and experience they’ll cherish each other for as long as they are united as husband and wife, and long may that be!