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Posted on Mar 25, 2014 | 11 comments

Love, marriage, romance and parenthood

When I think about marriage I automatically think about my parents. They met in their teens, married and had six children (yes, you read that correctly, six). Now they have been married a few weeks short of 43 years and have six grandchildren. Some of us have moved away but we always try to regroup for special occasions at our family home.

I can’t imagine what the stresses of having six kids, running a pub and moving to the other end of the country must have been like. But, they got through it, and now have a house to themselves and are still going strong. It can only be love.

Recently the residents of Randell House care home in Camberley compiled their very own book of love, full of photographs and wonderful memories for them to share with others or just reflect on in quiet moments. Some of the stories are simply heart-warming, I mean look at this smile!

 

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This is Stella, she met her husband Ted when they were in their 70’s and had a wonderful friendship. Out of the blue one day Ted proposed and within six weeks they were married. She says of Ted “He was the nicest man I have ever met and was such a gentleman to me. I also think he was very handsome!” She offers the following advice “I believe talking to each other about problems is really important in a marriage, as well as a kiss goodnight.” Wise words indeed!

Another story that I loved was that of Howard Newton who tells us this:

How did you meet your partner?

“I was 20 years old and working at a church in Farnborough when I met Audrey.”

What is your fondest memory?

“My fondest memory of our marriage is the birth of our two sons.”

What piece of advice would you give to a couple today?

“I’ve always tried to be the best man I could for my wife and believe it is important to always be kind.”

Howard is awesome, I bet Audrey thought she had the best husband in the world.

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Just for fun I quizzed a couple of fellow bloggers on their marriages and asked them the same 3 questions. Here’s what they had to say:

Andrea from All You need is Love & Cake tells us:

How did you meet your partner?

We met when I was working in the local pub, almost three years before we actually got together!

What is your fondest memory?

It would have to be when our daughter was born, it was such a special time and really did bring us closer together.

What piece of advice would you give to a couple today?

Relationships are hard work! If you can weather the storms, it makes the good times so much more worthwhile.

Three years! Must have been worth the wait I say :-)

Next up is Sarah from Boo Roo & Tigger Too has this romantic tale to share:

How did you meet your partner?

He was dating a friend of a friend. Now before you all think I’m a shameless mistress they were all finished before we started dating and we were just 17 years old.

What is your fondest memory?

Our wedding day, we have a photo of us whispering in the church which I love. From the outside it looks like we are having a loving moment when in fact I’m telling him that his button hole is in the wrong place.

What piece of advice would you give to a couple today?

Love is not something that you can just expect you have to earn it, respect it and compromise with it too. Just remember at the end of the day to say I love you before you go to sleep, even if you are still mad at each other for something.

What lovely stories and not really different to those of the older generation, whatever else changes through time it’s great to know that love will always remain the same, and our children will be able to have the same wonderful experiences as we have had.

What advice would you give to a couple today?

Post in collaboration with Gracewell Healthcare

11 Comments

  1. I am always stunned when I hear of the older generation. My Grandparents came from big families – 6 and 9. It’s amazing to think they lived in such small houses too. I can’t imagine having that many – 3 is more than enough!
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  2. Oooh thought provoking post, great tips. I read a great article about this recently…what I took from it was remember to live in the now, it is too easy to dwell on the past or worry about the future and forget to appreciate where you are together!
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