I hope this is the right way to send this message. You mentioned that we all need some stories of romance and love, and I kind of wanted to share my parents love story.
They met in college on my mom’s birthday, when he threw her into a swimming pool (with her permission) for her birthday. Later on, after she had graduated and he had dropped out of school, he realized he couldn’t live without her. So he informed his parents that she would be moving in with them. It wasn’t more than a few months later, but they were married in Reno Nevada. And they were together for over 35 years until my mothers death. And even though it’s been almost 10 years since she died, he can’t seem to find somebody else to be with. Because at the end of the day he's always comparing them to her.
I’m not gonna lie and say that it was always wonderful. There were fights, the times when they just didn’t agree, and the stress in the later years with her illness. But nothing change the fact that they loved each other very dearly. I’ve always used my parents as a sort of cornerstone in what I would hope to have in a relationship. Because they didn’t do that thing you hear about where the husband is always whining about his wife, or going out with the guys just to escape her. And she didn’t secretly wish to be with all the other men, or anything along those lines.
When I think about the parents they grew up with, the marriage of convenience for my dad's parents (his older sister was part of the reason they got married.) or the way the death of my mothers newborn sister destroyed her parents marriage, but they stayed together. My parents went through fertility problems, two kids who shouldn’t have been born (medically speaking), him being in the Air Force, legal problems, bankruptcy, caring for parents in all the age, and and finally her cancer.
With all that they dealt with, they never gave up on each other. I never thought that my parents were going to split up. Because I’ve always known I was one of the lucky kids with a pair of parents that truly loved each other. I just wanted to share their story. At least a little bit of it.