I don’t know if you know this, but I work at an urgent care as the main receptionist. I’ve been at EUC for almost four years, and in that time I have learned a lot about people.
People come to see me when they are sick. One thing is for sure, no one is happy when they are sick. That being said I typically interact with people at their worst time. I don’t expect to get anything out of the minimal conversation I have with people, for the most part I just try to not get covered in germs while handing them their paperwork.
One day, just like every other day, I had a elderly couple come in my office. This couple had to have been in their late seventies/early eighties. I could tell that there was something different about them. They seemed so happy.
The gentleman asked me the date, and when I told him he looked at his wife and said, “Honey! Three days until our anniversary!” Her eyes just lit up. He asked me to guess how long they had been married. I played along and jokingly said “Hmmmmm, fifty years?!” He responds by saying, “Sweetie, you underestimate us.” Then they looked at each other with so much love and joy and said, in unison I might add, “sixty-two long, arduous years.”, and then they both laughed.
I was blown away.
They go on to tell me that they met in the seventh grade. Seventh grade! My first thought is, Well Gabs, you are a little bit behind! But to see a couple be committed for so long, and to still be so in love, brought a smile to my face and encouragement to my heart.
Seeing the love they had for each other made me believe that they still is love in this messed up world. I know that had I been able to sit down and talk to this couple about their relationship they would tell me that God was a part of it. Some people don’t have to say they are Christians, you can just tell.
As a receptionist, I’ve learned a lot of random things that I won’t use anywhere else in my life. But what that couple taught me in five minutes’ time about commitment and loyalty will go with me wherever I am. So thank you, elderly couple. Thank you for showing me that people can be committed, loyal, and happy, that love in a marriage isn’t something you get over, and that after sixty-two long, arduous years, people can love each other even more than they did in the seventh grade.