Unending LoveWritten by Dani Oldroyd
Love is what everyone longs for, to have someone care about you and willing to do anything for you. We look at couples throughout history some lived on this earth and others just on the pages of a book. There’s Cleopatra and Marc Antony, Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, Tristan and Isolde, Pocahontas and John Smith, and Romeo and Juliet. Is there someone in your life who’s love you admire?
My grandparents had that kind of love. Their relationship proved their patience, faith, hope, hard work, and unending love. The first time their eyes met, they knew that there was something special there. Their age difference posed a problem, there was a five year age difference. They got to know each other and fell in love.
Autumn 1940, just before Merle turned sixteen years old, Jerry popped the question. Together they decided to wait until she graduated High School. Almost a year after the proposal Jerry got a letter, he would leave for a year to serve in the U.S. Army. They were devastated to be apart, but the timing still worked for them to get married after graduation.
Just a month after Jerry left, Pearl Harbor was bombed and changed our country forever. Jerry’s one year in the Army was extended and their wedding had to be put off. Days turned to weeks, months and even years passed, but Jerry and Merle were still completely devoted to each other. Letters were their “gold” and kept their love alive.
Just a week short of four years, Jerry was coming home. Through the four years apart they talked about waiting and getting to know each other again. Once they saw each other they knew the love was still there. They were married in Salt Lake City, Utah only seven days later.
They were married for almost 67 years until Merle passed away. One year later Jerry followed his wife. Six children, twenty-four grandchildren, fifty-nine great-grandchildren, and thirteen great-great-grandchildren will always know that the greatest love story in our eyes, was Jerry and Merle Budd.
Do you know of the "great love stories" in your own family? Write them down and share them with your children. For help, check out our Falling In Love Story Starter.
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