How to be married for 70 years
8 October 2009
Now that little girl on the photo could be me. Actually she looks a lot like me when I was that age (what is she, 4-5 years old?). It is not a surprise that she looks like me as this is my grandmother, holding something that looks like a sheep (or is it a rabbit) on wheels.
And the photo of the little guy chilling on his dog is indeed my grandfather. (I wonder where that hat came from!)
I really love old and dated photos like these, they are very old as are my grandparents, but I am lucky that both of them are still around and they are still in reasonable shape, considering their age.
My grandfather is 95. If I visit them I often find him sitting behind his computer playing flight simulator. (I am not making this up!) And he still drives a car.
And my gran, who is 90 now (if I am not mistaken) will be sitting on the sofa, reading the Libelle, a women’s magazine she has subscribed to since she was (believe it or not) 20 or so.
They still live on their own, without any daily help, they cook themselves and clean the house. They even have a little garden they take care of. It is quite remarkable. They can’t walk very far anymore and grandad is a bit deaf but in their heads they are still clear and they know what is going on in the world.
As a kid I often visited my gran and played rummy or solitaire with her. Or I went swimming with her in the local outdoor swimming pool (which now has been replaced by a boring subtropical indoors one). They still live in the same town where I was born (as do the rest of my family), nothing has changed really.
Tomorrow I will fly to the Netherlands because on Saturday gran and grandad are celebrating their 70 years wedding anniversary. 70 years, how amazing is that!
And even though I have just been in the Netherlands (end of August), this was reason enough for me to go there again. Especially because I know that my gran would really like me to be there.
So there you go, long marriages do still exist!
Are there other people still having their grandparents around? And have they been married for this long?
[On another note - I am recovered from my food poisoning. I had a lovely 1.5 day in Norfolk, and a not so lovely day after that being as sick as a dog. But I feel better and can tolerate food again and am improving by the day. I have some photos from that trip, will post them when I am back in London after the weekend.]