Love is a mysterious thing. When you are a kid, you don’t really know what it’s about. You love your parents and siblings but beyond that, it’s not very relevant. Once you hit puberty, love starts becoming something different. But it is still far away from true, genuine love – the kind of love that lasts. While teenage passion is a wonderful thing, there’s no substitute for mature, meaningful love.
Marriage used to be a symbol of that undying love, but over the last 50-60 years, divorce rates have gone through the roof. Gone are the days of staying married through thick and thin, in sickness and in health. Now you are just a call to a lawyer away from being done with it.
There are still remnants of that deep, devoted love in our world. You just have to look a little harder to find it than you used to, that’s all.
Recently I heard the story of an elderly man named Bobby who was recently destroyed by the death of his beautiful wife. They were married for many years and he had no idea what to do with himself, like many widowers.
The day came for her wake and funeral and he wasn’t sure he’d be able to face it at all. But Bobby knew he had to be there for his wife after all the years she spent dedicated to him. She meant the world to him and death couldn’t ever take that away.
This story was written by April Shepperd and shared on the PositiveOutlooks blog. April was at the wake, and she saw Bobby standing vigil over his wife’s casket. She knew the moment was incredibly heavy and emotional but it spoke to her. So she snapped a quick picture of Bobby and couldn’t get the emotional image out of her mind.
“At the request of Bobby Moore and his family, I am sharing this narrative and photograph. This story was never meant to be seen by anyone,” she wrote. “As I watched Bobby with his wife I knew I was privileged to share a moment that conveyed volumes of time. As a photojournalist, I know photographs such as this capture verbs.”
At the moment that picture was taken, Bobby was speaking to his deceased wife.
“I know you can’t hear me, but I love you,” he said as softly as possible.
The family would be coming to visit and pay their respects in an hour, but for this moment in time, he was alone with his bride. He held her hand for one last time knowing that he’d never feel her warmth or see her smile ever again. Bobby reflected on all of their amazing memories throughout the years, and the tears began to wet his wrinkled cheeks.
After what seemed like mere seconds, the family approached him and gave him a big hug. Bobby let go of his wife’s hand for the last time. The moment was over, the seconds had passed but Bobby will never forget the life that his beautiful wife provided for him.
Photographs are said to be worth a thousand words, but this one image is worth a million to Bobby. April managed to capture this emotional moment and show the power that photos have to tell a story all on their own.
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