After I got home the other morning from work, I went for a jog. I saw an old lady I hadn't seen in weeks. She is at the park every morning at 6:30 am on the dot. So when I hadn't seen her, I had feared the worst. Luckily she is ok. I walked up to her and told her I was happy to see her and was worried about her.
She was very touched and we began talking. She hadn't been to the park in 20 days she told me because her husband fell and got hurt and she was taking care of him. He is 91 years old and she is 85! She was telling me how much she loves her husband.
She kept talking and mentioned how they met in Florence Italy when she was 19 years old. She was from a small town in Switzerland and he was from New York. They spent the next 3 days walking around, exploring the city and its museums before sharing addresses and parting ways.
They have been married since she was 23 years old. Their relationship has lasted 62 years. I couldn't believe it! I asked her how did they keep in touch, she said for 3 years he sent her letters every week. He even traveled to Switzerland to meet her family and ask for marriage! Not only that. He promised her family he would pay every year for plane tickets so she could return to Switzerland whenever she pleased. He put in the effort and made the sacrifices in order to get his one true love. He bought a home for her in 1960 and ever since they have lived in the same home together.
Often times I hear people complain or say long distance relationships are a waste of time. I think today it should be easier than ever to make them work. However I think our culture has made it so we are afraid to commit and are to keen on breaking promises as soon as we get the opportunity to meet someone new. We also lack the courage to make the tough decisions. This lady had to leave her family in Switzerland for the chance of love and it worked! I kept thinking about how if either one of them lost faith in those first 3 years of sending letters, they would have never married.
I thought I might share this so everyone who is currently in an LDR can realize that being faithful committed, open and honest can lead to happiness long term. I also hope they can realize that it takes sacrifice from both sides to make a life that works together. One person must leave their home behind to make a new home.
I hope everyone else has a lovely day! <3 Thanks for reading!