(an excerpt from my journal, Jan. 14th, 2014)
While waiting in line for the 3:30 ferry back to Vallejo, I stood behind an old married couple. And I mean grey-haired, wrinkled-skin, slight-stoop-as-they-walk old married couple.
I first noticed them as I approached the queue because he had his free arm wrapped around his spouse and held her close. She looked up at him, her hand resting on his chest, her cheeks rosy and her eyes shining and her lips stretched into an infectious smile.
As we approached the loading dock, he rubbed her back. She play-smacked his face, as he made a joke and laughed at her expense. His hand drifted and lingered on her lower back as, one by one, we boarded.
And the whole time I observed this exchange, I kept thinking: (1) these two are adorable, and (2) I pray that Reggie and I can be exactly like this at an old age – just as playful and enamored with one another as we are right now at 23 years old.
That’s an attainable goal, right, for two soon-to-be married young people? Regardless, I vow to use this couple as inspiration to always remember that, no matter how old we become or what experiences, hardships, or obstacles we face in our future, Reggie and I should strive to maintain a marital foundation of joy, laughter, affection, and a whole lot of love.
Countdown: we’re at the one month mark, people…
(featured image: © Reggie Ballesteros Photography 2014)