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Diese beiden lieben sich seit 65 Jahren

Christina Cascinoam 04.08.2016 um 11:09 Uhr

Taschentücher raus, liebe Damen! Denn diese Bilder haben es in sich: Joe und Wanda Nelson sind seit 65 Jahren ein Paar, 63 davon verheiratet. Zur Feier ihres Jubiläums haben sie beschlossen, ein romantisches Fotoshooting zu machen. Geschossen wurden die Bilder, die gerade das Netz im Sturm erobern, von der eigenen Enkelin.

In der heutigen Zeit, wo Beziehungsformen wie Mingles oder Freundschaft Plus vorherrschen, man seinen Partner über Dating-Apps sucht und eine glückliche Partnerschaft schier unmöglich zu sein scheint, fällt es uns immer schwerer, sich eine langanhaltende Liebesbeziehung vorzustellen. Doch diese Bilder lassen uns hoffen, dass es auch für uns irgendwo da draußen im Dating-Dschungel den einen Partner im Leben gibt, mit dem wir unser Leben teilen, bis dass der Tod uns scheidet.

Die Bilder, geschossen von der texanischen Hochzeits-Fotografin Shalyn Nelson, zeigen ihre Großeltern Joe und Wanda Nelson. Die beiden kennen sich seit sage und schreibe 65 Jahren, seit 63 Jahren sind sie bereits miteinander verheiratet. Das süße Paar hat sich ganz altmodisch auf der Straße kennengelernt: Joe sah Wanda und bat sie direkt um ein Date. Am 28. Dezember 1950 folgte die Verlobung, zwei Jahre später heirateten die beiden.

Nun zur Feier ihres Jubiläums wurden Joe und Wanda von der eigenen Enkelin abgelichtet. Und die Ergebnisse könnten nicht herzergreifender sein, denn das Ehepaar sieht auf jedem Foto so verliebt aus wie am ersten Tag. Enkelin Shalyn erklärt: „Ich wollte unbedingt zeigen, was wahre Liebe wirklich bedeutet. Für mich zeigen das meine Großeltern am besten.“

Wow. Just wow. I'm pretty sure this photo describes how my grandparents and I have felt these past 48 hours. I have been everywhere on the emotional scale: from feeling my heart beat outside of my chest, to shedding tears, to laughs, and of course, there have been some very big smiles. I don't know how to express how I truly feel, but I wanted to first say hello to all of the new faces around here who have taken the time to comment, share their love, their stories, and most of all your prayers. I have read every. single. one. After @buzzfeed shared my heart and my grandparents shoot, I haven't been able to even process the kindness and love we have been shown. It truly blows me away. There is so much good in the world…full of good, good people. I know it's been hard to see it lately in the news, but I can truly attest to this. The magnitude of the reaction we have been blessed with has come down to one thing for us… and that is Him! Glory to God! I have no doubt in my mind that He has had a huge hand in this all with the timing of my Papaw's health. And the prayers have been heard. My Papaw is not out of the woods yet…but he is on the mend. I know the power of prayer from all of you made this happen. Words will never do justice for the amount of gratitude I have for y'alls support. Some of you have been there every step of the way, and some of you just started following my journey for my #lovethenelsonsproject. Regardless, y'all have my back, given me encouragement when I needed it, and have even been frustrated when I got busy and let my project sit aside while life got in the way… Which in turn, fueled my fire. My heart, sweat and tears behind this project are very real and just knowing I have support from old friends, and new (hi guys!!!) makes this that much more special. I'm in awe of the blessings in my life and that includes YOU. So basically, what I'm saying is THANK YOU. I hope to create something beautiful for y'all and promise to make this happen. No matter what. Stay tuned! I promise it will be worth it! Sending so much love and the biggest freaking hugs I have y'alls way! ❤️

A photo posted by Shalyn Nelson (@shalynnelson) on

Joe und Wanda teilten ihre Gefühle in einem Liebesbrief

Das Highlight des Fotoshootings: Shalyn bat ihre Großeltern darum, dem jeweils anderen einen Liebesbrief zu schreiben, die sie laut während des Fotoshootings vorlas. Den Brief ihres Opa Joes postete die Fotografin sogar auf ihrem Instagram-Profil: „Ich glaube, ich habe Dir das letzte Mal geschrieben, als ich in Kanada gearbeitet habe. Ich liebe Dich heute noch genauso, wenn nicht sogar mehr.“ Der Brief endet mit den Worten: „Ich beende den Brief damit, Dir zu sagen, dass ich Dich immer noch genauso liebe wie bei unserer Hochzeit. Ich glaube, die Eheerlaubnis hat damals nur zwei Dollar gekostet – das war die beste Investition, die ich jemals gemacht habe.“

"Dearest Wanda, it’s been a long time since I have written you a letter. I think it was when I was working in Canada, that I wrote you last. Anyway, I still love you just as much, probably more. The years have gone by fast. One morning you just wake up and you are OLD. Anyway, I wouldn’t trade them for all the gold in Alaska. We had 3 great kids and lots of fun raising them. Most of the time. We carried them to movies, playgrounds, swimming, ballgames, parties, etc. I wish that we could bring back some of those days. Now they have kids of their own which we have watched them grow, and some now with kids of their own. We must be real old. The days we had at the Freez-It at Fairfield and The Dixie Queen at Jewett and built the Rocket Drive-In with a 30’ rocket ship on the roof, those were the very hard years with lots of hard work and no vacations. I still worked my engineering job in Houston thru the week, and weekends at the drive-in businesses. Later, we got smart and got out of the drive in business. Later I retired, and we moved back to Jewett. We got into the ranching business. We made a lake and called it Hidden Lake Ranch. Found out that was a lot of hard work too. Now that we are in our Golden years, I think that we have turned to rust with all the Dr.’s we see. Anyway, I will close this letter to you saying I love you as much today as the day I married you. And just think, the license only cost $2.00. The best bargain I ever made. With all my love for you, Joe." Happy 65th Anniversary Mamaw and Papaw! I love you both so so so much! 💗 #lifegoals #lovemygrandparents #oldlove #oldlovebook #lovethenelsonsproject

A photo posted by Shalyn Nelson (@shalynnelson) on

Weitere Fotos der beiden Verliebten und mehr Infos zu Nelsons Projekt findest Du auf „Love, The Nelsons“ und auf Shalyns Blog und Instagram-Account.

Bildquelle: iStock/shironosov

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