With my Valentine overseas for the next few weeks I decided to focus on another love story I have been a very small part of - that of my maternal grandparents. I was lucky enough to see so many examples of couples in love growing up and they were no exception, they had a marriage full of love, laughter and support; overcoming breast cancer, heart attacks and crippling arthritis while bringing up 4 children and coming through it as though bonded with superglue! We celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary (40 years) in 1997 with style and what seemed like most of the village plus relatives from all over the UK came along to join in the party.
Sadly we lost my Grandad to another heart attack just a few months before we would have been celebrating their golden wedding anniversary and 50 years together. But even in the grief there were displays of love; a church packed to the rafters and a procession of horses and riders coming to pay their respects for his friendship and help over the years as the local 'go to' man with all things horse related. We are still lucky enough to have my Nannie - very much alive and full of humour, their love story will continue to be an inspiration to me . . . .
Happy Valentine's Day to all, hope you each have a wonderful day of love and laughter with, or without your Valentine :-)
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