Friday, April 16, 2010

A love like this...


Last week when I showed off the lovely vintage handbags I inherited from my grandma I also mentioned that there was something inside. Tucked into one of the pockets was a photo of my nan with one of her old boyfriends. I loved finding this photo and seeing a side of my nan that I didnt know. I think she was quite the heartbreaker in her younger days and I couldnt help imagining why my nan tucked that photo away in the handbag so many years ago?


The second photo is one of my grandma and my grandpa, I think she was about 21 and he was 19. My nan was engaged to marry somone else but meet my grandpa and it was love at first sight. Her ex - fiance still sends her a box of mangos every christmas time.
About 10 years ago my nan had a stroke which left her unable to speak or walk. My grandpa kept her at home and looked after her for as long as he could but a couple of years later she had to go into a nursing home. Every second day my grandfather drives for an hour to visit her, his been doing this for years now.
For me this is true, unassuming love where you can be with someone for sixty years and even when the love of your life is unable to communicate with you, you are still able to enjoy simply being in their prescence.
If I am able to have half the love they have shown each other in my life than I will indeed be a lucky woman.

25 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh that gave me tears. That is such a beautiful story and I love that your grandpa drives to see her. That is true love and it's inspiring to see.

    I love old photos. Everyone always looks done up :)

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  2. That is a beautiful story your Grandma was def a hear breaker! I hope Ben and I become like that when we are old.

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  3. Oh my gosh...their love story is just so beautiful! I hope my hubs and I are the same way.

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  4. What a lovely post, Megan. Thanks for sharing your grandparents' story. I have to confess it made me a little weepy... I bet your grandma looks forward to those visits more than anything.

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  5. What a lovely giveaway darling! Am a follower of your beautiful blog of course! x

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  8. omg *slaps head* I wrote this on the wrong post! eek sorry! :)

    Here's what I was suppose to write!!

    I love old vintage photos like that! and to find these photos by surprise from the bag your grams gave you is extra lovely! How sweet! :)


    P.S. your mail hasn't arrived yet! but maybe today it will! :) :)

    I hope mine arrives to you very soon also! xx YAYYYY!! xx

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  9. oh my goodness this gave me chills!!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS!!! wow.

    a love like that... wow.

    i wonder why she tucked it away in her handbag? but i love the story... even the bit where her ex fiance still sends her mangos (i have a thing for tragic love sigh)

    your nan is lovely!

    i loved this soooo much!

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  10. What a sweet story! Especially the mangoes part.

    Poppy xox

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  11. wow that made me emotional at the end. that is definitely true love. and it's really really beautiful. i love this post!

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  12. I'm the sort who goes all gooey when I see an old couple holding hands.
    Thank you for sharing such a personal and beautiful tale, Megan! xx

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  13. Megan - that's a very warming story.

    I know your Gram can't talk or walk, but can she still read?

    You love letters...do you write to her?

    :)

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  14. What a gorgeous post Megan. Reminded me a little of The Notebook with your Grandfathers dedication.

    True love.
    xx

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  15. This story just brought tears to my eyes and made my heart ache. This is the type of love I look up to, and I hope one day a story about me and my love can move people to tears and admiration. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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  16. This is such an adorable love story! I'm such a sappy romantic that I always fall for these kind of stories. Your grandfather looks a lot like Prince William from the UK!

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  17. Aw, what a wonderful story, I love love stories!

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  18. love the adoration you have for your grandparents!

    if you get a chance listen to the song "love is the only soldier" by jann arden. i think you would $love it!

    whose shadow is that in the picture of your nan and her mango loving ex? :)

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  19. Wow that is amazing. Haha I love that her ex fiance still sends a box of mangoes every xmas.

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  21. aw this is such a beautiful story.
    i love old photos. so sweet!

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  22. Your Nan is beautiful. This is such a heartfelt touching story. Proof that true love does exists! Everyone deserves a little bit of love:)

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  23. Wow, that's a really touching story. I love hearing love stories like this. It brought tears to my eyes.

    xo
    Valerie

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