Nelson's Mamaw and Papaw, Wanda and Joe Johnson, met 65 years ago, and fall deeper in love every year.
Nelson is working on a book about her grandparents' love story, currently titled Love, The Nelsons. As part of the photoshoot, Nelson had Wanda and Joe write letters to one another, and they put the cuteness into context that will make you cry even more.
Dearest Wanda, it’s been a long time since I have written you a letter. I think it was when I was working in Canada, that I wrote you last. Anyway, I still love you just as much, probably more. The years have gone by fast. One morning you just wake up and you are OLD. Anyway, I wouldn’t trade them for all the gold in Alaska. We had 3 great kids and lots of fun raising them. Most of the time. We carried them to movies, playgrounds, swimming, ballgames, parties, etc. I wish that we could bring back some of those days. Now they have kids of their own which we have watched them grow, and some now with kids of their own. We must be real old. The days we had at the Freez-It at Fairfield and The Dixie Queen at Jewett and built the Rocket Drive-In with a 30’ rocket ship on the roof, those were the very hard years with lots of hard work and no vacations. I still worked my engineering job in Houston thru the week, and weekends at the drive-in businesses. Later, we got smart and got out of the drive in business. Later I retired, and we moved back to Jewett. We got into the ranching business. We made a lake and called it Hidden Lake Ranch. Found out that was a lot of hard work too. Now that we are in our Golden years, I think that we have turned to rust with all the Dr.’s we see. Anyway, I will close this letter to you saying I love you as much today as the day I married you. And just think, the license only cost $2.00. The best bargain I ever made.
With all my love for you,
"I love you as much today as the day I married you. And just think, the license only cost $2.00. The best bargain I ever made."
HOW CUTE IS THAT?!
Doing this photoshoot and discussing love with her grandparents had Nelson reflecting on her own marriage, and what it will look like decades down the line. "I hope we never forget to laugh. And flirt. And love without abandon," she says.
"I have hope that it will open eyes and change bitter and tired hearts so that people view marriage as 100/100. Not 50/50. Bottom line: You have to give it all you've got," she writes about the project.
Mamaw truly is a beautiful bride.
Congratulations to the Johnsons. May they be happy and healthy for 63 years more!