(Note: I found this photo while perusing Pinterest and it didn't link back to the actual source of the photo. My apologies for inadequate source citation.)
This may be one of the most beautiful images I've ever seen.
Maybe it's because I'm an old soul, but I'm always drawn in by images and stories of couples who have stood the test of time. What's more inspiring than that for a young woman just beginning her love story?
Even before I met Mr. Ford, I always loved these stories, because it gave me hope that the thing I longed for most was possible...attainable. Realistic.
This particular image - her in a hospital bed, him in a wheelchair, laughing and just delighted to be in that moment with one another - perfectly encapsulates what I want most in my old age...any age, really.
Mr. Ford and I love to laugh and we laugh often. We're probably not really all that funny, but to one another we are and we delight in just being together. The joy boils over and comes out in laughter.
I don't ever want to lose that.
Whatever this couple's story is, I know they've laughed a lot together. And that's probably how they've gotten through many a difficult time together.
Like the one they were probably experiencing when this moment was immortalized.
That's been true of the Ford's story so far. I hope it's true of our story for a lifetime.
Through the joys and the sorrows.
A lifetime of laughter with my beloved.
That's really all I want.