by Kenzie Johnson

Growing up, I have always been told to take notes from my elders. It can include my grandparents, great-grandparents, or anyone older than me.
What is exciting to share is that one set of my great-grandparents are still married to each other. They have been married for over 70 years. They lived together on their own up until just about a year and a half ago, due to having some health problems and needing assistance, but that still doesn’t stop them from being husband and wife.
I may only be 16 years old, but I am still taking mental notes about other people’s relationships. In family living, we have talked about the changes in families today. The divorce rate is going up, and the number of families staying together is going down.
I love going to visit my great-grandparents in the nursing home, even though it makes me sad to see the people in there and the state some are in.
My 94-year-old grandpa isn’t always in the best of mind, and my 92-year-old grandma has her moments, but that doesn’t stop them from being husband and wife.
I can see the way they still love each other by the little things they do together. For example, when my grandpa is sleeping in his separate bed, my grandma does what she can in her wheelchair to make sure my grandpa’s blankets are on him so he stays warm. You can still see my grandpa cares for his wife when he complains to the nurses to make sure she is getting the best care and all her needs are met. He is very strict on that because he is always worrying about how she is doing, even though he still needs to make sure he is getting the care he needs.
The one visit I will never forget is when I sat with both of them in the front room with all the couches. One of the directors came up to us and told us that my grandpa requested that he could hold and touch his wife. A couple of the nurses wheeled them out to the couch and sat them by each other. She explained that not shortly after, my grandpa started crying. He was so overjoyed that he was able to be so close to his wife. I was blessed to witness this rare love for myself.  Seeing him holding her hand, giving her a hug and a kiss, just flooded my heart with love. It’s the smallest things that can make their day in this stage of their life.
My grandparents know what it takes to be married for a lifetime. I just hope my generation can get back on track and make this example a priority again.