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5 Real-Life Love Stories That Could Make Cupid Cry

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5 Real-Life Love Stories That Could Make Cupid Cry

In honor of the impending celebration of Valentine’s Day, here are 5, real-life love stories to inspire you, told by the children and grandchildren of the people who lived them.

A word of advice–you may want to have a box of tissues handy.

A War Bride

As told by JoAnn:

“In 1944, three young women lived together in a local boarding house as roommates. On weekends they would frequent the local Officer’s Club for entertainment and the opportunity to meet a future husband.

One of them, June, my future mother-in-law was 20 years old at the time. She worked as a draftsman at the Kaiser Shipyards in San Francisco. She was a lovely, outgoing woman who won the title of Miss Kaiser Shipyard in a contest with entrants from California and Georgia.

Since June was underage, she often borrowed her roommate’s ID card to gain admittance into the Officer’s Club.

One night, a handsome lieutenant asked her out on a date, but she declined, not because she wasn’t interested, but because her roommate had dated him and she didn’t want to interfere.

Her roommate eventually gave June her blessing and she accepted the next time the officer asked.

It was on that first date that the Lieutenant asked her to marry him! She made him wait a few weeks before accepting his proposal. They were married at her parent’s home in January, 1945.

After the war ended, the newly-made Captain and Mrs. moved back to Missouri where they established a home and raised a family. They loved each other deeply and were together 52 years before he was taken from her in 1997.

It was through her words of love that I realized that ‘love at first sight’ really does exist.”

As Alzheimer’s invaded her mind, June’s memories began to fade, but she continued to hold onto the love she had for her Captain.

JoAnn continues:

“When her memory was still intact, she would often have a tear in her eyes, and tell me how much she missed him. My hope is that I continue to live the same kind of love with their son that they had together.”

Hold My Hand…And Never Let Me Go

As told by Joe:

“My grandparents shared a deep, abiding love. They always took advantage of every opportunity they could to hold hands. As if compelled by some unseen force, their hands always found one another. They clasped hands while walking, while reading—even while they slept. The memory of this simple, yet profound symbol of their enduring bond stays with me to this day.”

Continue reading to uncover 3 more bittersweet tales of love, loss and hope…

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5 Real-Life Love Stories That Could Make Cupid Cry originally appeared on AgingCare.com.

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12:55PM PST on Feb 19, 2013

"Love is all there is"

9:21PM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Thanks for the inspiration.

9:58PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

It cut off part of the post.

He would sleep in a chair by her bed and all of the staff would comment on his devotion to her and obvious love. Later he would bring in her oxygen tanks and make sure one is in the car whenever they go out.

Throughout the years they have had their fights and talks of divorce but he has said that she is the love of his life. She can honestly call him a good man when she has been disappointed by so many other men in her life. He still calls her endearments and gives her Valentine's & anniversary presents every year. They cook for each other and watch tv in bed.

9:55PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

I think that my mom and stepdad could count as #6 for couples that could make Cupid cry. They have been married for almost 22 1/2 years. Their birthday is on the same day. They are both left-handed. They are both Mexican American and Native American. They are both deeply religious. They pray together before they eat. Every Thanksgiving they make half a dozen plates of food and give them to the homeless. They complement each other; she is great at paperwork and he is great as a handyman.

She is 5'1'' and had been emotionally and physically abused for most of her life. He is her third husband and were it not for having a good father I bet she would have ended up thinking that all males hurt girls/women. My stepdad makes her feel safe. Whenever there is a noise outside he is ready to investigate and protect his family. He knows everything that has happened to her and loves her inner strength and that she is still so nurturing and giving.

He raised her daughters as his own and she was a mom to his son. It was her father that got him to stop smoking (years before my mom stopped) and her father became a mentor for him. He was there with her to take care of her parents when they were on their deathbed.

Last fall my mom had a serious health scare. She was in the hospital for 9 days and even the doctors thought she was going to die. My stepdad stayed there at her side almost 24/7. He would sleep in a chair by her bed and all of the staff would comment on his devotion ot he

9:11PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

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7:36PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Nice.

5:24PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

thank you.

10:06AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

thanks...

8:56AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

I know how you feel, tanzy t. Maybe one day, life isn't over yet.

4:43AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Beautiful and inspiring stories! Everybody at my age might have a love story to remember or might still be living a great one!
Love is the only ingredient that makes us move on!

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