A customer came into the store yesterday morning, shuffled up to the counter and coyly said to me, “I’ve been married 61 years today and I need the perfect card for my husband.”
I was intrigued so I dropped the price gun and wandered over to the card section with the woman. Retail can wait – I knew this was going to be a memorable conversation. Of course, I couldn’t help myself — I had to ask the question.
“So, what’s the key to a long lasting marriage like yours?”
Without hesitating, the woman looked me straight in the eyes and answered, “You choose to listen so that means the other person is talking. You don’t talk and demand your spouse to listen. You have to communicate, you have to feel safe with each other and every day, it’s important to ask about the other person’s world.”
I was just blown away with this woman’s wise words. This was “Been there, done that” wisdom…tried and true.
My back was to the front door of the store so I hadn’t noticed her husband coming up behind me. He heard his wife’s last sentence and piped in with, “She’s my best friend. I married her because I needed a good secretary way back when but I kept her because she’s taught me so much about love.”
The woman blushed and replied with, “Why don’t you talk with the nice young lady (that’s me!) while I pick out a card? I seized the moment, took the man by the arm and led him to the front of the store.
“I want to show you something, Sir.”
I picked up my phone and showed him this picture that I found yesterday.
“What do you think?”
The man thought for a few seconds and replied, “Giving up was never an option. Six children and nineteen grandchildren later, we’re not rich but our lives are. Our children thank us for our love story.”
I just smiled. What could I possibly add?
It (love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13.7-8a NIV