Who says love fades as one ages? This elderly couple proves love still grows strong as one ages!
Pastor Brent Kelley, 34, was bringing his children for ice cream at a Sonic fast food drive-thru in Nashville, Tennessee, when he witnessed this “beautiful display of love,” which warmed his heart.
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Pastor Brent Kelley encountered a lovely elderly couple at a local Sonic drive-in fast food restaurant.
An elderly man was spoon-feeding his wife ice cream outside on a blazing-hot 98 degree Fahrenheit (37 degree Celsius) day.
He captured this stirring moment and posted the photo on his Facebook page, along with a description: “So today, I took the kids to the pool and we stopped for ice cream on the way home.”
“When I got my ice cream and pulled out, I realized that this elderly man beside me was sitting outside his car door, spoon feeding his wife ice cream who also looked in her late eighties,” he added.
“He draped a towel over her and slowly fed his bride in the 98 degree temperature. It was a beautiful display of love.”
A beautiful display of love…
So today, I took the kids to the pool and we stopped for ice cream on the way home. When I got my ice cream and pulled…
The way this loving elderly gentleman treated his beloved wife not only touched Kelley but also tugged at the heartstrings of over 783,000 Facebook users!
“That’s a blessing he loves his wife dearly,” wrote Diana Smalls.
“Wow! That is true love!” Jamie Pastrick commented.
“True love is forever,” Carolyn Smith added.
Indeed, even when our hair turns gray in old age, it’s certainly important to cherish each other, through good times and bad times, like this grandpa and grandma. Just as American writer Richard Bach wrote: “True love stories never have endings.”
Another photo, taken inside of a subway train
Taken inside of a train this time, another photo of an elder couple in loving embrace went viral.
After a 10-hour-long shift at Memorial Sloan Kettering on July 17, Blake Ricker was riding on the 1 train of the New York subway. However, what seemed to be an ordinary evening commute for a dinner with friends became very special when Ricker saw an elderly couple and took a photo of their endearing moment.
Later, when Ricker saw the snapped image again while scrolling his phone, he realized he wanted to find the people in the photo.
“You could tell they were just in awe with each other. It melted my heart,” Ricker said to PIX11. “When I got off the train, I noticed how great the photo captured the moment. I was like, ‘I’ve got to find these people.'”
Listening to suggestions from friends, Ricker turned to social media for help to research for the couple in the picture. Ricker then posted the captured moment on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, even though he felt the chance of finding the loving couple was slim.
On the other hand, even if they could not be found, Ricker wanted to use the photo to add positivity to the internet world.
“Why not take the opportunity to show something positive?” Ricker told CBS News. “Helping brighten someone else’s day really motivated me to hopefully meet them and give them the picture.”
In his post, Ricker also said he’d send a copy of the picture to the couple in the photo.
“If anyone recognizes this sweet couple, please let me know. I’d love to send them a copy of this picture for them to have. Unfortunately my stop came and I was unable to send them it.”
If anyone recognizes this sweet couple, please let me know. I’d love to send them a copy of this picture for them to have. Unfortunately my stop came and I was unable to send them it.
-(Taken on the NYC 1 train, towards downtown/Brooklyn, on Tuesday Evening, July 17th, 2018) pic.twitter.com/2mYZT77Wys
— Blake Ricker (@b_ricker) July 18, 2018
Ricker’s social media posts received a lot of attention, and to Ricker’s delight, about a week later, Karen Kettering Dimit reached out to him.
“They are my in-laws, married 64 years, and this photo captures their relationship perfectly!” Karen wrote on an Instagram post.
According to Karen, the couple was on their ride to a date night. Riding a Brooklyn-bound train for a dinner after watching a show at the Lincoln center, the couple was on the subway without notifying their family members, who didn’t want the elderly husband and wife to ride the train on their own.
Ricker was told that the couple was flattered by the interest in the photo taken on the day of their 64th wedding anniversary; however, they would prefer to stay away from the spotlight.
For the photo taker, Ricker still hoped to meet with them and gift them a photo of that special day for keepsake. However, Karen said the couple doesn’t want more publicity.
“They are extremely private, and not wanting to engage,” Karen wrote. “Probably too late … but let your amazing photo be the story if possible. People can project their own fantasies into it.”
Ricker still hasn’t given up on meeting with the couple in the photo he took, which he feels is a great example of what New York is about.
“I liked that it capture it every single emotion in one shot, including the love between the two.
“It just really captures New York City at its best,” Ricker said. “With all the hustle and bustle, it just replaces the stigma of not being able to stop and cherish.”