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This Grand Parents REMARKABLE Love Story Will Make Your Day
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"My paternal grandparents, Gordon and Carol Seim, are 91 and 87 years young, and celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary last June. They met as children, growing up in a farm town in South Dakota called La Bolt. Grampa was good friends with Gramma’s older brother, and Gramma liked him long before he saw her as anything other than a little girl. Then Grampa joined the navy, and when he returned, she was all grown up! She was a school teacher, and when it snowed, he drove her in his car (pretty fancy at the time!) and started the stove in her one-room schoolhouse. He was a talented baseball player, and was once approached by a minor league scout. He turned down the offer in order to marry Gramma and start a family.

During our yearly summer visit, I secretly photographed their remarkably active daily lives: simple things like driving, cooking and serving meals, working in their garden, playing games with their grandchildren, reading their Bibles, working on beautiful and masterful wood projects in the garage (Grampa), and watching "Little House on the Prairie" together, hands interlocked as always. I have oodles more, but these are my favorites. I culminated the week with a quick photoshoot in which they posed like a 20 year-old couple, still every bit in love as 70 years ago. They have shown me that being "in love" doesn't have to stop at the "wrinkles and white hair" stage, it can become much, much stronger.

When my grandfather was in his eighties, he started going blind. I remember visiting and he essentially pretended that he could see me and everything I was doing. Later, I found out that he could barely even see my face. Then they found out that his blindness was caused by a medication he was taking for pneumonia. As they took him off the medication, his sight was restored. My grandmother will often tell the story of the first morning he sat at his easy chair, opened his Bible, and told her he could read it!

Their lives are simple. They enjoy small pleasures: tending their garden of flowers, rhubarb, strawberries, potatoes, and the like, feeding the many birds, deer, and squirrels that have become regular visitors to their house, playing games, and watching their favorite old TV shows. Grampa still enjoys woodworking in his garage shop. Gramma bakes her many signature desert delights, which are always in the freezer, ready to be warmed and served when a family member stops by for coffee. And always, ALWAYS starting the morning with devotions and prayer for their family.

I am now twenty years old. I still consider visiting South Dakota in the summer to be one of the highlights of my year. Our family of five piles into their two-bedroom home, and they still insist on serving us hand and foot! We have so many fun traditions: to name a few, fancy tea parties with Gramma, croquet on the lawn with Grampa (he still has us beat sometimes!), games a plenty, pancakes on Saturday mornings, breakfast at our favorite roadside diner, and big family gatherings at my uncle’s hobby farm (where Gramma still always brings half of the meal!). And Grampa still fills his dress shirt pocket with goodies—licorice, M&M’s, peanuts, etc. for us to pick out . . . something he started when I used to pull gum and mints out of his pocket as a baby.

And every time I call my grandparents, Grampa presses a random key three times. The “beep, beep, beep” sound is our secret code for “I-love-you,” a code we’ve shared since they moved away to South Dakota when I was two. But he still always says it, too.Grampa has beat cancer. Gramma has suffered through a hip and knee replacement. They have their fair share of aches and pains. But through it all, you’ll never hear them complain. But you’ll always see them smile! Their earthly legacy includes four children and many grand children and great grandchildren, all who love them dearly. I am grateful for their continuing example in my life."

Credit: Esther Seim
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