In this May 5, 2010 file photo, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, right, kisses his wife, Barbara, after both were shown on the stadium kiss cam video board during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
When Barbara Bush passed away yesterday, her husband of 73 years was by her side. Find yourself a love like George HW Bush and Barbara had.
Barbara Bush met George at a Christmas dance when she was 16 years old. They were engaged 18 months later just before he went off to World War II and married on January 6, 1945 when he was home on leave. She was 19 and he was 20.
The two teach us a lesson in finding a love and not questioning it- and about having a sense of humor. She’s quoted as saying:
I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.
Decades into their marriage, these two can’t stop laughing. Get you somebody who gives you the giggles like this so many years later.
Five years ago, Jenna Bush-Hager interviewed her grandparents about the love letters they had sent each other in the sixty-plus years they had been together at that point. Get yourself someone who still cries thinking about how much they love you more than sixty years later.
On Tuesday, as Mrs. Bush neared the end of her life, reports said that her husband sat by her side all day holding her hand until she was gone. Get yourself someone who will love you, laugh with you, and hold your hand until the end.
Rest in Peace, Mrs. Bush. My prayers go out to those this inspirational woman leaves behind. May we all find a love like this.