A 96-year-old man schools us on what love really is.
So many have lost their faith in love and, without doubt, relationships just ain’t what they used to be. Or are they? Is it just how we see relationships and commitment that has changed? It can’t be that love itself has changed as a concept.
Fred Stobaugh, 96, is a shining example of the essence of what love is. Upon learning about a song writing contest sponsored by a radio station in East Peoria, Illinois, Fred decided to submit a song that he wrote for his recently deceased wife of 75 years. When the radio station received his submission by “snail mail” as opposed to modern day online submissions, it piqued their curiosity to the point that they gave Fred’s entry some extra TLC. Take a look at the video to see what happened:
Having lost my father 10 months ago and knowing how huge of a loss it was to my mother, who was married to him for 43 years, I literally cried like a baby after watching this clip. If you no longer believe in love, you should. Love never changes – attitudes do. Relationships take work, they may fail, they may flourish, but love is a constant that remains in our hearts when it is real to US, despite external circumstances. Love is never the problem. Many other things are, but not love.
How blessed this couple was to have given each other 75 years of their lives. Love comes in so many forms, and it was so beautiful to take a small peek at Fred’s love story. It is an inspiration in a time when so many of us need it. ~Gia