Vow renewal of Laurie and Elaine Stephenson at Whiddon Aged Care Home
Vow renewal of Laurie and Elaine Stephenson at Whiddon Aged Care Home Adam Hourigan

OUR SAY: In love on any day

MY kids excitedly quizzed me recently how far away it was until Mother's Day.

"A few months," I replied.

"What about Father's Day?"

"Even more," I said.

"Oh," they said. "What about kids' day?"

"That's every other day," I grinned. I'm glad they laughed too.

Every day is seemingly a 'Day' these days. Some of them bring awareness to certain issues, and others may have more retail-based motives.

St Valentine, I was reminded by a Facebook friend today, was beheaded for performing marriages against the law. Not exactly the most romantic notion in the world, and my friend obviously has had more thorns than roses over the years.

So does it really take a special day to remind us to say that we love someone? Probably not, but like all the other days, it doesn't hurt to be given a little push.

And so yesterday, I witnessed Laurie and Elaine Stephenson renew their vows after 58 years of marriage at the Whiddon Aged Care home. All the outward signs of a Valentine's Day celebration were there. The archway, cakes with hearts on them, roses and even a dog in a tuxedo.

But as they said their vows, complete with an aside that Laurie would have to do the ironing, and as they danced across the floor, just as they had more than 60 years ago when they first courted, you could see the connection immediately. And everyone in the room smiled, clapped, cried and cheered.

They didn't need a special day to prove their love, but it sure didn't do any harm either. Well done to both of them.



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