28/08/2013

Couple Together Till The End

Spending too long on the stand-up circuit can change you. It means you see a headline and think of the cynical angle. Like this, I saw the news story...

"OHIO COUPLE MARRIED 65 YEARS DIE 11 HOURS APART"

Most people read that and think, "Aw, bless. That's cute." I read it and think, "I'm guessing the one who died first was the one who was driving."

But this story is one that can help to fight such cynicism. Harold and Ruth Knapke died in their shared room on Aug. 11, days before their 66th anniversary. He was 91, she was 89. Playa!

The couple's daughters said they believe their father willed himself to stay by his wife's side despite failing health until they could take the next step in their journey together. He went first - his children saw it as his "final act of love" - and she followed.

That's so nice I feel like welling up. To have been partners for that many years and to stay close right up to the end, is really moving. That's nice. They waited for each other to die. Most couples I know say that can't do that.

>Read the source story

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