A couple's true love outlives all

Posted 8/19/18

To The Editor: My husband and I were very fortunate to witness something very touching on one of our day trips to Jacks River last summer.  There was another couple there. It was not your …

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A couple's true love outlives all

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To The Editor:

My husband and I were very fortunate to witness something very touching on one of our day trips to Jacks River last summer. 

There was another couple there. It was not your typical couple for the location. They were in their late-60s to early-70s. The lady wore the battle scars of chemo: loss of hair, frail body and pale complexion.

We observed as the man would cautiously guide her into the water. Then he would gently help her lower herself to sit safely on a rock out in the middle of the river. Next, he would retrieve their tubes from the riverside [and then make] his way back to where she sat on the rock, patiently waiting for him to return to her.

Helping her up from the rock, he would carefully place her into the tube … positioning her behind the rock to anchor her while he mounted his own tube.

At that time, they began their precious journey, floating hand-in-hand a short distance downstream.

At the end of the ride, he would help her dismount the inner tube just as carefully and patiently as he had when getting into it. They repeated this process three or four times … each time, making the journey hand-in-hand.

While watching the experience, my husband and I found ourselves making up the story line of what brought them to the river. Could this place possibly hold some of their fondest memories? Perhaps it is the place where they first declared their love for one another. Or could it be a scenario of a more heavy-hearted theme … something more of a “bucket list” item to fulfill while there was still time?

One thing is for certain, no matter what the back story of that day might be: True and pure love is a profoundly beautiful thing.

Angela Wilson-Crielaard

Old Fort

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