family, life

Grow Old With You

mchief1 wmWhen couples get married, they presume it’s for life, and that they will grow old together. If you pay attention to statistics, fifty percent of them won’t make it that far.

Most couples don’t realize when they’re young, what growing old together really means, because aging is not for sissies.

I know of a couple who have been married for over sixty years. They show everyone the true meaning of growing old together, being the strength for one another in every moment of every day. Their love for one another never ceases.

A good man, who loves his wife like no other man I’ve ever seen love his spouse, left this earth yesterday, October 5, 2015. Years ago, when she had to leave on a trip for a few days, tears came to his eyes when he told me how much he loved and missed her. Just those few days away, and I could feel his longing and love for her. 

My heart breaks to see the patriarch of this earthly family move on to be with heavenly family. We will miss him dearly. I thank him for raising my husband by being an outstanding example of a good man.

Semper Fi, Chief. Take your vitamins over there, and don’t worry, I’ll be good.



32 thoughts on “Grow Old With You”

  1. Hello Lori, I have just read your post ‘Grow Old With You’ I loved your tribute, it was very touching, and brought to mind the loving relationship my mum & dad had shared for over 50 years, never apart.

    We sadly lost mum10 years ago, it never gets any easier, especially seeing dad without her.
    Sadly dad suffered a heart attack in April this year which has left him very frail, and in need of my care & support. I decided to write a blog about his journey, it helps me to write about it.

    I hope you and your family will come to terms with your loss x

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    1. Hi Christine. Thank you for reading about my father-in-law.

      My heart goes out to you in the loss of your mom ten years ago and now your dad’s illness. It’s never easy to lose a parent, or to watch them age and grow weak. They were always the strong ones for us, and then the tables get turned.

      Thank you for your supportive comment. Blessings to you and your dad.

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    1. My husband is faring well, considering. Thanks for asking, SD. His dad was sick for quite some time, and in some ways it’s a relief to see the suffering end. But, it’s never easy to lose a parent. The memorial is in a few weeks, so it may hit hard when that occurs. Thanks so much for your compassion.

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  2. Truly a beautiful send off for him, Lori.

    Romance quotes often speak of dying for someone. I think it’s so much harder to stick it out day in and day out and commit to living your life with someone else. 🙂

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    1. Hi Carrie. He wasn’t much of a talker, but he liked when I called him Chief. My mother-in-law told me that when he says “take your vitamins” or “be good,” that was his tough-marine way of saying “I love you.” Thanks so much for reading about him.

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  3. You’re so right. People speak poetically about growing old together but until you experiences all the aspects of what that means, it’s difficult to really appreciate what it means.

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    1. Hi George. Yes, the reality of growing old together as compared to what we imagine is quite different. Thanks for reading.


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