"Happiness is bliss, especially when it flows in the stream of close affection that only long-term lovers enjoy.
Happiness is evident for all to see. It plainly shows itself without the need to affect its presence and requires no disguise. It can be heard in a hearty laugh, be carried within the meaning of a warm smile, transferred from one person to another through the modest touch of a gentle hand or sent straight to the heart of a loved one by no more than a tender look, kiss and sincere embrace.
An inherent difficult with young love is that it hasn't yet had the opportunity to mature and stand the test of time. Without experience of life's happy and tragic events shared within a partnership of more than forty years, none but the old in tooth and mind can know how to find love, immerse oneself in love, wrestle with love, momentarily lose love, find love again and bottle it because they truly understand what true love means..........all with the same partner!
Without such seasoned involvement, our experience of love, happiness and the meaning of wedlock can never marry with the wisdom of our parents. Alas, it is only by putting in both the love and the time can we ever hope to retire with the watch of contentment at the end of our lives. It may sound paradoxical, but to love one another 'til death do you part, in sickness and in health requires always being there for the other in both life and death, and happy to be so.
Unfortunately, there is no way this can possibly be achieved without putting time and the effort into the relationship. My grandparents who were married over fifty years always swore by truth and honesty being the foundation of their union with the willingness to share, listen, talk, touch and forgive representing the building blocks of the home they lived in." William Forde:May 21st, 2014.