July 1, 2013

Love in Pictures

I sat in a leather chair and flipped through my phone, while I waited for my appointment to be ready.

I scanned the various Moroccan oil infused shampoos on the shelf, and thought more than once about taking one of the chocolate covered biscotti my salon leaves out for its clientele. Ok ok, more than twice.

I examined the chipped nail polish at the edge of each of my finger tips, and silently wished I had made more time to repaint them before heading out the door. {I know, you always tell me I should leave more time for getting ready.} And in general, I avoided eye contact with the other people in the lobby….as you do in these waiting game sort of situations.

You see, I was more than happy to keep to myself and not learn a thing from the world that day. But the world, as it usually does, had other plans.

Because sitting next to me, patiently waiting, was this older gentleman who didn’t seem to be in a rush at all. It struck me as a little strange that he was there, in this mostly women’s salon, until that is…I saw her. She came out all smiles and small shuffled steps, leaning on the arm of the girl who was helping her. As soon as he saw her, he jumped out of his seat and rushed over to take her hand. He told her she looked pretty and then said to the girl behind the counter, Now, isn’t she a prize? In one well-rehearsed movement, the kind that can only come from a life-long dance together, he was somehow able to take her purse, pay the bill and set up her next appointment. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better I heard him say, Now because you’re my girl, if you’ll wait right here I’ll go and pull the car closer so you don’t have to walk as far. And that’s exactly what he did.

And then the two of them went off together, hand in hand, the way they were always meant to be.

As I sat there watching this moment unfold behind the safety of my phone, I couldn’t help but snap a few pictures. Because let’s be honest, a love like that needs to be in pictures. And…I couldn’t help but think of you.

Couldn’t help but think that that would be you someday. And, now that I was thinking of it…..that that was you right now.

Because while I sat in a leather chair and contemplated biscotti, you were out taking care of our lives. Running errands and getting us ready for this trip. You had dropped me off at the door insisting that I take a few hours in all the craziness for myself. And you would be waiting there when I came back out. You would be the kind of guy who wouldn’t be embarrassed to help carry my bag, if it meant it would help lighten my load. You would hop up & smile when you saw me, and you would make me feel really really lucky to be your girl.

And then we would head off together, and wherever we were going you can bet it would be hand in hand.

The way that we were always meant to.

So today in the midst of all the other pictures we have to post this week, I just wanted to take a second to post this picture for you J.

Because a love like ours needs to be in pictures too.


  1. Stephanie Rita

    ugh, i’m crying. this is adorable. you guys are adorable. the older couple is adorable. love is amazing.

  2. ashley barnett

    WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME DO THE UGLY CRY MARY?! You KNOW that isn’t a good look for me hahaha! Love you guys to the moon and back. Thank you for being a shining example of marriage and love. Jeremy and I look up to both of you so much. :)

  3. ahren

    umm…this made me cry. i love this.

  4. Lea Ciceraro

    Awww I just love, love, love this! That’s how I feel about my hubby, too. Thanks for sharing. XOXO

  5. Alison

    Love this so much. Sometimes it takes seeing what we are and hope to be in others to help us see it. That is the kind of love I am holding out for, nothing less. Have a wonderful trip!

  6. Stef

    Ok, you totally just made this pregnant woman tear up in the middle of a car dealership waiting room. Love this story…and the two of you!! xo

  7. kayla :)

    awwww so sweet!!!! *teary eyed*

  8. Rachel

    so wonderfully sweet. Thank you for sharing this story :)

  9. Sandra Fazzino

    Hello teardrops! He has her purse over his shoulder, too. Thank you, once again, for a great read. xo

  10. Kimberly

    Aaaaaand now I’m crying. This was so beautifully written.

  11. Belinda

    Mary, you made me cry – in the best possible way xoxo

  12. LEOLAK

    And I’m balling! Beautiful post Mary!

  13. meagan


    Mary, that is PERFECT!

  14. Tricia

    I love this! I love watching older couples being sweet and picturing us when we get there! You and Justin are definitely this way, no doubt about it! Hope you enjoy your trip with your fabulous new hair!

  15. Jade

    My eyes welled!! sooo sweet!

  16. Susanne

    That seriously just made me tear up! :)

  17. Kristin

    So precious!

  18. Gabrielle Halle

    Yup, crying too, right along with the rest of y’all…

  19. Joanna

    This is the type of love we all hope for, but few achieve..as a healthcare worker I am always in awe of the couples I meet who have been together for years, taking care of each other. It melts my heart, just like the pics of the two you ran into at the salon. That is truly you and Justin many years from now :)

  20. Rici

    This is so beautiful Mary! Thank you for letting us glimpse over your shoulder and look at the elderly couple! SO precious.

  21. Abby Grace

    It’s things like this that calm my fears of aging. Love this so much.

  22. Lauren Wakefield

    This is so perfect and sweet! I love you 2 to death!

  23. Tanya Amyote

    Thanks for sharing this. I was thinking the same exact thing that you said you were, that this sounds like my husband someday. No, it sounds like him *right now*. I sometimes forget how lucky I am, so thank you for the reminder. I’ve shared this on his FB wall, so he knows. :)

  24. Jeremy Jackson

    How awesome is that! I love seeing older couples who are still completely in love and loving life together. As much as I enjoy life right now, I can’t wait for those days either. You guys are awesome and so perfect for one another. Hope you’re having an amazing time in England!

  25. Michele Ashley

    This made me all teary eyed! Thanks for sharing these intimate thoughts and moments.

  26. Christy Tyler

    I’m totally sobbing here. So beautiful… Loves like this.

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