I love a good love story. The ones on the big screen or the Hallmark channel are fun, but I like the ones with real people!

It’s a question I love to ask someone new or when I’m learning more about a friend: “How did you two meet?” I enjoy hearing the details of how people came together.

My best friend’s late Mema would say in her thick southern drawl to everyone who crossed her path, “Tell me your love story”. She would hang onto every word as the person shared how they met the love of their life. Or to be honest, who they thought was the love of their life at the time in college.

Love is the ultimate human connection and at the risk of sounding cliché, it makes the world go ‘round.

My husband and I met at the “Last Supper” for dear mutual friends who were having their first baby the next day. My parents were high school sweethearts, and my older brother and sister-in-law were college sweethearts.

As a mom of a young child, I know it’s far off, but it’s fun to think about Julia Reynolds falling in love and getting married one day. I certainly pray now for who her spouse will be and that God would bless their union… and that it won’t happen anytime soon!

The other day driving home from school, my kindergartener asked if you get married right after college. I told her some people might, but some people don’t. Julia Reynolds said she couldn’t wait until after college so she could get married?! She and her best cradle bud have big matrimony plans, but she also frequently switches out the groom to a few lads on her shortlist. Ahhh, young love!

On the other end of the spectrum, the world’s oldest couple celebrated their 80th (!!) wedding anniversary at the end of 2019. Eighty years. Charlotte and John Bissett of Texas are 105 and 106-years-old respectively. They were asked to share their secret to a good life and happy marriage and are quoted as saying to live life in moderation and be cordial to your spouse.

It sounds like pretty good advice for all of us from two lovebirds who seem to have figured it out!

After twelve years in local news, most recently as evening anchor of NBC 26, Paige Tucker is now a work-at-home mom and freelance journalist. She produces two series for NBC 26 TV, First Responders and 26 Women Today, and you can see those stories on Tuesday nights. Paige and her husband have one daughter, Julia Reynolds, who is five years old.

This article appears in the February 2020 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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