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Grandparents provide an inspirationPosted Thursday, August 16, 2012, at 10:10 AM
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." -- Mignon McLaughlin
For my Papaw and Mamaw (Claude Jr. and Naomi Thomas) of Jasonville, they've fallen in love countless times as their marriage has lasted for 58 years ... and it's still going strong.
Their continued love for one another is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. At their 50th anniversary party, they took the dance floor. They looked into each other's eye, held each other, and danced as if they were the only ones in the room. Of course, all eyes were on them ... and many of them were tear-filled. It reminded me of the song lyric "I hold everything when I hold you in my arms."
Flipping through photos from that day, the smiles on their faces are priceless. It was as if they had just fallen in love. I could picture Papaw meeting his Navy shipmate's sister -- my Mamaw -- for the first time.
A few years ago, Papaw was in the hospital. While he was there, Mamaw got sick and was also admitted. He was on one floor of the hospital, while Mamaw was on another floor. They were both miserable. They were sick and wanted to see each other. Eventually, they were able to see one another. Papaw took Mamaw's hand and kissed it. When he looked into her eyes, telling her how worried he had been and how much he loved her, the tears started rolling down my face. In fact, recalling the memory still brings tears to my eyes. It was so romantic, like a scene from a movie.
Has 58 years of marriage been easy? I'm sure it hasn't been. But, it's a marriage that has lasted 58 years. It's a love that has resulted in three daughters and five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
So, to Mamaw and Papaw, you will never know how much the example you two have set means to me. Your love for one another is absolutely amazing. You are an inspiration to me and our entire family.
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