We all dream of finding that one great true love. But true love isn’t about being swept off our feet. Or grand, expensive gestures.
True love, real love, the kind that lasts-a-lifetime love is the one where we would do anything for the other person simply because we love them.
When one elderly man’s wife was going blind and she was struggling to do her own hair and makeup he took it upon himself to take cosmetology classes.
He did it for no other reason than because he knew that her appearance was important to her. He did it, for love.
And it’s possible my heart may explode.
True Love in Action
According to a Facebook post on Hair Design By Britney’s page, the 79-year-old gentleman (who wishes to remain anonymous) walked into Red Deer, Alberta’s Delmar College of Hair and Esthetics and asked if there were any upcoming classes he could join.
He told the school’s director, Carrie Hannah, that his wife’s vision was failing and she kept burning herself. Knowing how much pride she took in her appearance, he wanted to learn how to do her hair himself.
Turns out, he was in luck. Hannah immediately set him up with one of the college students and a mannequin.
“This lovely gentleman came in today to learn how to curl his wife’s hair,” the Facebook post reads. “His wife is unable to curl her own hair and often burns herself, so he stepped up to the plate and learned how to curl her hair.”
Within an hour, he learned how to do volume curls on short hair and how to protect his wife’s skin from being burned. He also asked for tips on how to apply mascara and received a makeup lesson too.
In the course of the lesson, the elderly man shared lovingly about his wife of more than 50 years.
Hannah told news outlets, “He lovingly pulled pictures from his wallet, showing everyone his wife, and boasting about how beautiful she has always been and how talented she was with the skillset of typing over 100 words a minute when she was working.”
Hannah also added that this was a first in her 31 years in the industry, but it was one of her best days as an instructor.
“That’s what real love looks like and I’m glad our staff and students had an opportunity to be part of this too,” Hannah said. “In an age of staged social media photos it was really great to see an authentic real human gesture of love.”
And his lesson paid off. The couple paid a visit to the college to express their gratitude. “They both also are impressed with his new professional skills and her hair is looking great!” Hannah said.
Facebook Post of Elderly Man Learning How to Curl Hair for His Wife Goes Viral
Needless to say, people have been super touched by the husband’s sweet gesture for his wife.
The heart-melting story quickly set social media on fire. It went viral, garnering over 150K likes, 27K comments, and 405K shares.
“I think this is the single most amazing, important and loving post I have read in over a year,” wrote one commenter. “The love this man has for his wife to learn this and do this for her. Your willingness to take time to teach him is such a beautiful thing as well.”
Another wrote, “Heartwarming story from both angles. His wife is so blessed to have him. I had one of those husbands. Thank you for your kindness in teaching him. Too many people don’t want to spend time with us elderly folks.”
Others shared their own stories of true love in action:
“Love this! My mom lost her battle with AML 2 months ago. My stepdad learned how to give her pedicures, and did so every month for almost a year.“
“My Dad did this kind of thing for my Mom who had Alzheimer’s. He would get her dressed each day and put on her makeup and fix her hair. She had always looked classy before and he made sure she remained that way.”
A Love That Inspires the World
Love doesn’t get any truer than this. And it’s a love that really has lasted a lifetime. Married for over 50 years, they’ve grown old. Together.
And despite the changes the years have wrought, this husband still sees his wife the way he’s always seen her — beautiful. But he doesn’t just see her outward appearance, he truly sees HER.
It’s not just about learning a new skill so he can help her when she’s struggling. It’s about doing something because it’s important to her and therefore important to him.
And isn’t that what true love is really all about?
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