A Love That Lasts

Our Wedding Photo Taken a long time ago and that's all I'm going to say.
Our Wedding Photo
Taken a long time ago.

Bob and I have been married 22 years.  People comment on us holding hands and occasionally tell us they have taken a photo of us.  We have always held hands, but now it’s even more important because of Bob’s loss of eyesight.

Younger people also ask how we’ve stayed together “so long.”  We work at it.  We still say “I love you” several times a day and we also say those two magic words “Thank You.”  We are best friends who work, play and share everything together.  Living together as separate individuals each going our own way doesn’t make sense to us.

Love that lasts is not a “feeling.”  That comes and goes.  Love that lasts is a commitment to stay together, to work together and love together despite the hardships life throws at you and life will through hardships at you.  New love is a glorious thing.  But to make it last — that takes work.

14 thoughts on “A Love That Lasts”

  1. Congratulations on your 22nd anniversary – Tom and I always held hands for over 35 yrs, we would always reach for other – it was a part of our life like breathing. I miss that – even at the dinner table we would hands. It warms my heart knowing we were not the only ones.

  2. Beautiful.. Hope you don’t mind but I have borrowed a quote from today’s post and I am going to use it in my 3-3-14 post. Thank you for the inspiration…
    Love, hugs and prayers…ME and the Boss

  3. “Living together as separate individuals each going our own way doesn’t make sense to us.” Would you say that you are separate individuals, each with your own identity, Rogene?

    1. Of course. Actually we are very different, but we have a very strong “we” identity as well. We pool our different skills, abilities and resources in a division of labor to do more as a couple than we could on our own. It also helps make our differences work for us instead of pulling us apart. In an emergency either one of us could take over the responsibilities of the other. We might not always like it — but we will always do what is needed to take care of each other.

  4. This is so romantic; congratulations on your 22 years! I am 23, and have been with my partner for 4 years. I’d like to think that in 18 years time we’ll still be as in love as we are now. Thank you for this post.

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