Forget everything you've ever known about love. Erase all of the Prince Charmings and knights in shining armor from your fairy-tale-obsessed head and take a second to focus on what love is really about. Spoiler alert: It's not about the grand gestures or the bouquets made of 100 roses (not that they hurt, of course); it's the small acts of kindness you show your SO on a daily basis that really, really count. Don't believe us? Well, you will now.
In a viral photo that has received more than 28,000 shares and almost 5,000 comments, you see an elderly man feeding his wife something small at a fast-food restaurant. A curious bystander couldn't help but approach the man to ask him a few questions about his life and, sure enough, his wife. The picture, which was uploaded on Love What Matters's Facebook page, read:
"As I was sitting eating my double cheeseburger at Wendy's, I glanced over at this older couple and thought 'That's sweet' and continued with my meal. But when I looked again, in between bites, I saw this gentleman feeding his wife. My whole life I've yearned for a love that strong. The gentleman got up from his seat to throw his food away and I couldn't resist asking how long he and his wife had been married. He looked at me and asked me to guess his age but not to guess too low. After a few guesses he told me he was 96 and his wife is 93 who is suffering from Alzheimer's. This is their date night. He also told me that if they make it till June, they will be celebrating 75 years of marriage! Getting all the way to the end of the line with the person you started out with is one of the most glorious things on the face of this earth. Could a couple be more blessed than to have that happen? To share a deep love and bond that only grows as we age... that is a beautiful thing."
So. Many. Tears! If you're like us, you're imagining a scene in The Notebook right now, where Noah tries day by day to get his Alzheimer's-stricken wife to remember their beautiful love story. And although this man and his wife may not have a production crew behind them, we have to admit this photo speaks to our very souls. It's something every bride and groom should keep in mind when navigating their future marriage together.
As you can imagine, this inspired many other Facebook users to share their own similar experiences. Elizabeth Wootten wrote, "My grandpa would feed my grandma long after she had forgotten who he was; however, she wouldn't eat for anyone else. Somewhere in her heart's memory she knew who he was."