One day when my son was in middle school, he came home with an unusual assignment. He was to ask his parents to write a brief essay defining mature love. Having recently gone through a painful divorce, I certainly didn’t feel like an expert on love. This was going to be a tough assignment.
But as I pondered the definition of mature love, I realized I had a whole trove of experts right down the street at the nursing home where I worked as a nurse. There I found couples who still adored each other even if their appearance was no longer beautiful by society’s standards. Couples that chose to stick together in spite of a lifetime of challenges that pulled other people apart. Couples who remained best friends over many decades. Couples who still loved to spend time together just like the ones you’re about to see in this video.
Last year during Valentine’s Day, Hoda Kotb of the Today Show joined with Ingrid Michaelson to produce this lovely video proving that love can last for decades. All of the couples in this video have been married more than 50 years, and this was filmed as they gathered together to renew their vows. It’s guaranteed to touch your heart!
Do you know any residents at your nursing home who have been married more than 50 years? The longest I ever remember a couple being married was 72 years. Isn’t that amazing?! There were also two couples who met at our nursing home and got married in the nursing home chapel. So I guess the answer to the question is….you’re never too old for romance!