The greatest love stories seldom contain the words “Happily Ever After.”    Instead they are stories of love, friendship, commitment, devotion, generosity, selflessness, tenderness, and even philanthropy.

The many love stories I have witnessed in my lifetime have often begun with complications and obstacles.

I have witnessed the love between friends sharing chemo and supporting each other when things were at their worst.

I have seen the love between a husband and wife who care for each other at the end of the lives.

I have observed the love between a mother and daughter as their caregiver roles reverse.

I know of many instances of love between sisters as well as “sisters from another mother.”

Perhaps it’s because I am getting older and I notice love and the many forms it takes; between grandparents and grandchildren,between school children,between teacher and students,between nurses and patients,between long distance friends, between nursing home roommates. So many stories, but seldom are they the love that we read about in fairy tales.

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True love often changes and grows stronger when tough times arrive.

What is your favorite love story?

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About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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  1. Sue Sanders says:

    Just now seeing this. You nail it every time! Excellent!


  2. totally agree…that we see life and love in a different way as we age…
    My favorite love story is my own…the ups, down…the smiles and grief…the sweet moments…the growth…What better way to go through life with a mate that holds your hand as you become one…


  3. Lori says:

    Yes the true love stories are the ones that happen AFTER the classic “happily ever after” ending of the traditional fairy tale. And you are right, there are so many different kinds of love stores. Nice post!

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  4. I believe we see love much differently as we get older; perhaps we better understand the meaning of it and are more open to seeing its true form. Nicely written.

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