THANK YOU, MR. CARTER

 

Today I watched a lovely interview with former president Jimmy Carter. It was so interesting hearing him speak about world events, yet my heart nearly fell out of my chest and rolled down the hallway when he ended the discussion focusing on the love of his life. 
Apparently, he and his bride Rosalynn Carter celebrated 67 years of marriage the day before this particular interview. I will never forget the way that he lit up like a snazzy firecracker while melting like a Hershey Kiss when speaking about her. It was evident that she is and always has been the wind beneath his wings.  
In contrast, that same day... I witnessed a darling young couple gazing into each other’s eyes over dinner. I have to admit, it was darn sweet.
A young couple exploring the magnificent complexities of love and relationship for the first time has so many spell binding perks, no doubt. However in the course of a lifetime as a couple, this world will throw some crazy unpredictable curves that young love cannot predict.  Being naive is bliss. Long-term love is priceless. 
But love is love… however; I would love to conduct an interview asking basic questions to young couples freshly in love vs. older persons with decades of experience together.  
Here are some anticipated answers by both.

Question 1. 
WHAT DO YOU LIKE DOING TOGETHER FOR FUN?
YOUNG COUPLE:  Looking at each other, telling each other how awesome we are!!! 
ELDER COUPLE:  Drinking coffee together, reading the paper, taking long walks through the park holding hands.

Question 2. 
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 6 months? 
YOUNG COUPLE: Looking at each other, telling each other how awesome we are!!! 
ELDER COUPLE:  Planning a family event which will include our 6 children, 42 grandchildren and 56 great grandchildren. 

Question 3. 
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU ENJOY GIVING OTHER COUPLES FOR A HAPPY RELATIONSHIP?
YOUNG COUPLE: Look at each other, telling each other how awesome we are!!!
ELDER COUPLE:  Giving each other space yet making plenty of time together. Offering forgiveness, and staying in the same book, even if you aren’t on the same page. 

Yes, It warmed my heart hearing Jimmy Carter discussing the wind beneath his wings. And who knows if that young couple I observed would even make it to that 6-month interview question. But as I praise the elder couples for a lifetime of love, it is true that long standing love may never happen if not for those early, innocent magical moments. Perhaps it is possible that being naive is priceless… and long-term love is… bliss.


Posted on 2015-08-11 by Buffy Lawson
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