Today would have been this lovely couple's 46th anniversary.
I can hardly imagine what it would be like to spend the day, after over 46 years together, without your beloved. What I do know is that they shared a lot of love over the years, both with each other and with others. In 2015, then into 2016, she spent about 6 months in rehab, then a little time in the sun in San Diego before heading home. They'd only been home a couple of days and she still managed to arrange a surprise party/dinner with friends at a local restaurant. She loved to plan surprises (though really preferred to anticipate the joy for herself), to buy gifts, and to spend time with friends.
I'm grateful for the amazing example of love, care, support, encouragement, trust, generosity, and service that I have in my parents. They didn't fight in front of us. They communicated regularly and openly. They were intentional in showing love in various *languages. They proved that marriage takes work and it's worth it.