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Today it’s the 65th anniversary for my grandparents wedding. Imagine to live with the same person for so long. It’s amazing. They are an amazing couple and I’d like to take the time to talk a bit about them and pay them homage. For they’re an example to look up to.
Their story is one of romance and wellness. I can’t think of it differently. They’re both born in 1920, and it’s only a couple of weeks ago that they harvested the potatoes from their garden so they have potatoes for winter. There will also be strawberries in the freezer, as well as other vegetables of their own produce. It will likely be the last year my grandfather will be able to dig up the potatoes. He’ll be 90 in January and his health is now truly beginning to fail him.
All their life, since they were young teenagers, they’ve worked and taken care of themselves. Through hardships during the war and growing up in poor farm land. My grandmother rode her bicycle more than 300 kilometres from her birth home to where they live now alone, and of the two romances she had, my grandfather was the one who followed and they got married.
Strong love that even the day today shines through. The way they smile at each other, the small pets and caresses, the teasing and comments. The love still is strong. They never gave up and always kept on fighting. They managed well and kept a good health throughout their lives.
I find it amazing that at age 89 they still live in their own house, which they built themselves back in the early 70’s. They tend their garden which has supplied them with vegetables and fruits for so many years. And the only help they receive is a cleaning lady helping out once a week or so. They’re strong and healthy, in body and mind. This is true wellness.
We can learn a lot from the older generation. Learn from how they deal with hardships and how they’ve kept healthy and strong over the many years. Through all the different crises they’ve experienced. We can learn from how they’ve kept love living and not given up when things got tough.
I admire my grandparents and I am grateful for all they’ve done for me, what they’ve taught me and for the example they set for me. They’re truly special and I love them deeply.