A True Love Story That Touched My Heart

What goes on in your mind when you read a true love story? Let me be the first…
old man and woman telling their true love story

What goes on in your mind when you read a true love story?

Let me be the first one to answer this question. Stories about true love always fascinate and inspire me.

True love stories motivate me to open my mind and dig my heart deeper to nurture those selfless pure thoughts and emotions of love.

Such stories of love help me understand the concept of love and relate it to my own life.

I learn a lot about how to make my love reach the heights as depicted in the true love story, but at the same time I remind myself that my life is different and my story of love is unique.

My love story may not be the same as those of others, but the concept of true love remains the same with everybody, no matter what part of the world they live in.

Today, I just want to share a true love story that I’d heard from a dear friend sometime back, and I’m sure it will touch your heart just as it did mine.

But let me first start by asking you, that do you know what true love is?


What is True Love

Most people who say that they love someone don’t really love them, because they don’t really know what love really is. I don’t say I know it fully well as yet either, but I’m learning.

I do know that love is neither lust, fear, possessiveness, jealousy, nor is it expecting something from someone.

If you wish to know and explore more about what love is, then you need to read my earlier post titled:

>> Understanding true love between two people

Not only love, this post will also make you understand what true love is all about. You’ll come to know that real, true love IS unconditional.

There are many kinds of love and there are also different stages of love, which often culminate at the stage called true love, where the couple become soulmates.

Read through this true love story about a couple’s love for each other and you’d know what I mean.

“Love is giving and it has nothing to do with what you receive.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

A True Love Story

Paul and Wendy were married for 60 years. Though Paul was 84 and Wendy was 80 years old, their love seemed so fresh and young – a bond of true love.

My friend, who is a doctor, first met the senior couple when Paul brought Wendy in a wheelchair to the hospital for a normal check-up.

Who says that only young lovers can spread the fragrance of love?

My friend found this old couple a sight to see – they looked ever so in love, always smiling at each other, and had an aura of understanding around them.

Paul took pride in pushing his wife’s wheelchair and taking care of her, while Wendy showed signs of contentment on her face as she had complete trust and faith in her husband.


Wendy was suffering from osteoarthritis, and her old age made the matters worse. She needed regular treatment.

After a few weeks of treatment she started improving, however, she still needed to visit the hospital frequently for routine check-ups.

Even though Paul himself wasn’t that fit enough and age had weakened his body, but he was still strong mentally and wouldn’t make any compromises for the love of his life.

He had to travel great distances and spend a lot of money, yet he refused to take her to just any hospital as he only wanted the best treatment for his love.

As time passed by, the serious effects of the disease and failing treatment started showing on Wendy’s health. Yet, my friend could see the love and respect they had for each other.

Paul would just remain quiet and Wendy would read her husband’s love through his silent eyes. They didn’t need any words to express their love, as true love needs no language.

One day, as my friend hadn’t seen the couple for a few days, she called up Paul as part of the routine follow-up on her patients.

That’s when she learnt that Wendy had passed away a week back due to complications of hypertension.

As Paul conveyed all this in a shaky voice to my friend, he broke down. It was the first time in five months since my friend had known him that he cried or showed any helplessness.

He cried on the phone endlessly and uncontrollably. It was the first time his voice showed defeat and pain, which all this time he had concealed in order to give courage to his wife.

He told my friend how empty his house and heart had become, and how he couldn’t sleep nor eat well.

His wife was no longer by his side – but he mentioned how much he still loved her and wished her soul rests in peace.

As my friend was narrating this story, I was finding it tough to control my tears having undergone the loss of my Mom and having seen my Dad go through the same phase. It brought a lump to my throat.

It made me think as to how people cope with such a great loss, and how do they gather the strength and courage to carry on with life – just like my Dad.

Paul and Wendy’s was a true love story, and their love was unconditional and so true.

Young man and woman in true love with each other

Lessons Learnt From This True Love Story

True love isn’t necessarily a domain of young couples and known only by public display of affection.

True love needn’t be overtly expressive but yet it can be the unconditional love lovers yearn for.

To love someone unconditionally in simple words means to love a person without any conditions. You love them as they are, just as they were before, and just as they will be in the future.

That’s because people change all the time, so if you love a person unconditionally, you will love them even if they become something you don’t agree with, or even if they become old and sick – isn’t it?

In unconditional love, the person you love can live his or her life as he or she wants to, and you will still be there for and with them – no matter what.

True love is unconditional love when you love a person for their innermost essence – their soul. You see the person and not the personality.

Your love for them never lessens or dies. It remains through thick and thin – just as it was between Paul and Wendy.

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.” ~ Katharine Hepburn

It takes courage to love a person unconditionally, which not a lot of people have.

Love is when a time period of 60 years isn’t enough to be with each other – time always falls short.

I’ve seen the love my parents shared, and I can only hope and pray that we can get a little of that in our lives too.

Reading such a true love story, I’ve always thought how a bond of ‘love’ can connect two people in a way that they are inseparable – even if they are in such circumstances.

After going through their story of true love – the beautiful bond and silent understanding, it made me realize that there’s another side to what meets the eye.

It’s true and unconditional love where some people become the centre of another person’s world – they become the very reason their lives are worthwhile.

However, they’re also ready to let go of the person because true love neither creates bondage nor does it ever die.

Didn’t this old couple’s true love prove that love isn’t just a fairytale but rather that it’s a reality?

Remember, you and your partner can become soulmates with each other. All you need to do is become a love teacher to make yours a true love story.

“Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

Over to you

Have you been in love, if so, what was the feeling like? Do you have any true love stories to share with us? What lesson did you learn from this true love story? Share in the comments.


Photo Credit: FreeDigitalPhotos

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. आज भी प्यार जिंदा हैं और जिंदा हैं ऐसे लोग जो आज भी सच्चे प्यार के लिए अपना जीवन कुर्बान कर सकते हैं . ऐसी कहानियां उन लोगों के मुह पर तमाचा होती हैं जो कहते हैं की सच्चा प्यार नहीं हैं . बहुत ही प्रेरक कहानी हैं ये

  2. Hi Harleena,
    Really very heart touchy story. I can understand the feeling of love. I think love is a very beautiful thing in anybody’s life. This story will inspire to all of couples, who are in love with each other. Thanks for sharing this story.

  3. This is a love story for the ages! So heartbreaking when one person dies. You often hear that their spouse soon follows.
    I think I can safely say that hubby and I share this type of enduring and unconditional love, having been married for 42 years and together for almost 44. I fear losing him and he probably feels the same way.

  4. Hi Harleena,

    True love is truly something you can’t get enough off. And time always seems to fall short in your true love’s company. Paul and Wendy’s love story was a sweet read. Wish all of us find our respective Paul’s or Wendy’s someday!

  5. Hi Harleena mam,
    This story is really heart touching . Now I clearly understood what true love means .But most of the teenage people think they that their love is true love but is it really love or just attraction or lust ???

    But I am really inspired by this story .

  6. this life is what you make it. no matter what pure going to mess up somthing, its a universal truth, but the good part is you get to decide how your going to mess it up girls will be your friend- theyll act like tit anyway. but just remember, some came, some go, the ones that stay with you though everything- theyre your true best friend dont let go of them. also remember , sisters make the best friends in the world. as for lovers, well , they come and go too and baby,i hate to say it, most of them, actually prettty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you cant give up because if you give up, youll never find your soulmate. youll never that half that make you hole and that goes for everything , just because you fail ones, dosint mean your gonna fail at everything. keep trying , hold on, and always, always, always belive in yourself , because if you dont, then who will, sweety? so keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because lifes a beautiful thing and theres so much to smile blouit day 1 what you give is priceless day 2 there are more ways to be happy than anyone can imagine day 3 why settle for good when your life can be grat day 4 a wish is a powerful thing day 5 say yes to less stress day 6 you dont have to be perfect too be beautiful day 7 give yourself a compliment its true . marilyn monroe

  7. I was so amazed with Paul and Wendy’s love story. It’s a great example of what true love means. Thank you for sharing their story, I remember my grandparents who are also much like Paul and Wendy.

    They say that you can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving. That’s what unconditional love means to me. Love is all about giving, caring, and actually doing anything for the one you love.

    Thanks Harleena for sharing this to everyone!

  8. Hi Harleena,
    Really very heart touchy story. I can understand the feeling of love. I think love is svery beautiful things in any bodies life. This story will inspire to all of couples, who are in love with each other. Thanks for sharing this story.

  9. Hi Harleena,

    It was surely a heart touching story and i do believe that love is not about expecting is selfless,it’s all about giving.i understood this feeling only when i experienced this and i am thankfull to god that i got to know a person who changed my whole life and concept of love,life everything.I don’t know what is going to be my future(as he is not talking to me and my family is also not allowing us )but i am very happy that i got to know what true love is.
    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful story. Stay blessed.

  10. Mam, You somehow somewhere readily agree with me also there is no more existence of true love. But one thing is very sure we enjoy love, pamper,devotion and care not only in tale but also in real life. There is always a hunger for selfless love inside in living or non living but unable to do the same because of the mindset we have in todays life.
    Your post always leave a strong impact on readers mind. Thanks a ton for sharing.

  11. A very touching story! Harleena.

    What makes a love last is the attitude towards to problems. An old couple have been married for 65 years shared this tip when they are asked how their love could last so long. They simply said: “Because we both grow up in the time when things broke, we just fixed it instead of threw it away.”

  12. Nice love story. Me and my boyfriend both love each other too much. By reading your story I inspired to continue my relation till my death. Now I’ll talk to my parents about marriage. Wish me luck 4 happy married life.

  13. Poor Paul, that’s so sad Harleena but if you’ve been married for 60 years you know that life doesn’t last forever.

    My grandparents were married almost 70 years. I wouldn’t exactly call it true love since my grandmother yelled at my grandfather a lot. But when he died at the age of 90 that was in August. She was in pretty decent health and 87 years old at that time. She passed away three months later and everyone says it was from a broken heart. It was bad enough losing one of them but we lost both just a few months apart. This year it’s been 25 years since they’ve been gone.

    I once thought I had true love and it was like no other I’ve ever had ever again but as you know he left me at the altar so obviously it wasn’t.

    I can only wish everyone well with their marriage and hope that everyone can find that type of love. Maybe I will again some day. That would be really nice.


  14. Wow, such a great story and really very touching. I always love to learn from your blog. Always find some of the best in love . Great post.

  15. Hello Harleena

    This post inspired me as I read the story of Paul and Wendy. What amazing love they had for each other. Sometimes words will not even begin to tell what is in the heart of the person. Unconditional Love is what I saw with my mom. She laid her life down for her children and for my dad, in spite of the circumstances.

    Love is a powerful ACTION WORD.
    Thank you again for your Inspirational article.

  16. Hi Harleena,

    The ending is not what we would ask for. It’s really touching! If we just feel it by reading his story in few minutes, I don’t know how does he deal with it all.As it resonates with your father’s life, I’m sure you are so sensitive to the story. They are strong. Aren’t they? 🙂

    Their love story is an example for everyone who loves materials more than people. As we read this story, we might think about it for a while and try to be more than what we are today. But yet there are people who wouldn’t care enough and just treat it as another story. We can’t change everyone. no? However I feel lucky to come across such a lovely stories Harleena 🙂

    Sometimes change of perspectives can do enough for our lives and will transmit through genes 🙂

    I’m always an admirer of true stories. If we just look around us carefully, we can find many of hidden stories from those who struggling. True stories always convey the message that anything is possible if we willing to. Isn’t it? Still they have a storyline and sometimes better than fairytales 🙂

    You have a wonderful week ahead with lots of love 🙂


  17. Hi Harleena,

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.

    Perhaps you’re fortunate because both of your parents loved each other. I heard someone told me when Rachel was a baby, “The greatest gift you can give to your children are not material things – but a good marriage.” When your parents have good relationship with each other, and so as the children have that role model.

    To find love in this crazy, confused world is hard nowadays. 1 out of 2 married couple will end up in divorce. That’s very, very bad. In today’s society, couple seems to say “I love you” then say “Goodbye.” Nobody takes commitment and love anymore.

    Like you said, Love is unconditional. It expects nothing in return. Only to make you better. Love sees the soul and despite of all, it doesn’t want the best or worst of you, just what you are. A true acceptance of the person. Love is for eternity. And spending 60 years together is never enough but short of time. That’s beautiful word when you said…

    “Love is when a time period of 60 years isn’t enough to be with each other”

    Love is patient and never rude. Love is slow to judge and quick to forgive. Love doesn’t keep records of wrong but only rejoice in doing good. If only one can “truly” love, they have fulfilled all the commandments in the world.


  18. A very touching story Harleena,
    It’s really very difficult to find such love these days. Paul and his wife really defined what true love is and should be even at their old age.

    Its a great lesson to learn especially for those that has not loved before. Thanks for sharing.

  19. A very outstanding post Harleena,
    I really felt for Paul because, its never easy to bear the loss of a loved one especially one that is very dear to you.

    I agree with you that true love is unconditional. Yea, i’ve been in love before though, it didn’t turn out well finally.

    Love is really sweet if you found one and that’s one of the things I’m praying for 🙂

    I pray that God gives Paul the fortitude to bear the loss of his lovely wife.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 and, do have a great weekend.

  20. You do have a writing style that is so easy to grasp… and even the complexities of love were simplified. reminded me of those wonderful stories I was once fond of reading in the Reader’s Digest. Brought back those memories.

  21. Oh yes.This so lovely.In Bombay,we used to stay next to hotel and could see the garden from our window.Very oftenthere was this elderly couple in their late 80s who would sit over a looonnngggggg cup of tea under the garden umbrella.

  22. Very touching story of the couple. Any loss specially if someone is so dear to you then its going to be a huge loss indeed. It certainly does take a lot courage to love a person unconditionally.

  23. Hi Harleena,

    If any one is having having love for anyone that means one likes the other. Without love world will not exist in its true sense. Love is the affection towards other.

    And already you provided very good meaning of true love with a true Love story which is really encouraging.


  24. Hi Harleena,

    Its a heart touching story. I have to say that true love will be like that as you mentioned in story.

    Thanks for sharing such a lovely story

  25. Helllo Harleena,

    This is really a True love story, and it made tears almost drop from my eyes..

    I still wonder if this kind of love still exists now a days, i know it does but very Rare, among we the Youth. This story teaches a lots of True Love..

    Thanks for sharing with you, but you didn’t tell us what later happens to Paul

  26. Harleena, my eyes are filled up.

    What a story. It reminds me of my parents who have been married 65 years and are both still alive. I don’t know how they did it but I do know that they do everything together.

    I only remember on or two times in my life where they did not do something together. Maybe because they always had just 1 car? Couples today each have their own and can take off when they fight or do something that the others does not want to do. I don’t know how they or which one will do when one passes.

    I’m not sure what the magic formula is but it must be magical.

  27. Its very disheartening to see the person whom you love more than yourself pass away. Paul and Wendy’s love is immortal .Wendy will be remembered by Paul in every breath of his life. Paul needs support from rest of his family members in such situation .


  28. Harleena,

    This was an awesome and so touching love story. It really made me cry.

    It’s amazing how this couple is loving each other despite the old age- this is what I call a true love story. Unfortunately our generation misses this type of love. Nowadays love is becoming all about Money Harleena and this is so bad 🙂

    It brought some tears when I read that Paul’s wife passed away- so touching story this is an amazing and real love story respect!

    Thanks for sharing this awesome post Harleena do have an awesome day ahead 😀

  29. What a lovely, bittersweet story!

    My husband and I have been together for over 40 years and I don’t like to think about the possibility of him dying; it would be absolutely devastating! If only we could go together, somehow. Yes, I can say that I know what true love is. We have been through it all: sickness and health, better or worse, broke and not so broke, love and hate, (fine line there, sometimes) and came out the other side closer than ever.

  30. I love seeing stories from those who have been married for a long time. Over and over, many of those couples say the key to a lasting marriage is to never go to bed mad. Always talk things over and reach a compromise before going to sleep.

    1. Hi Christy,

      Absolutely! They are ones who inspire us to carry on in our married lives, even though we have those bumps in-between. Oh yes…those were my granny’s words to my Mom, passed on to me – always make up before going to bed, and they work if you follow them.

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the post 🙂

  31. Hello Harleena,
    The story is indeed a touching story. The man really did love his wife after so many years of marriage 🙂 .

    I have been in love and i am still inlove and the love mood just wont go away, (maybe not now) 🙂 . Me and my girl(wife) have been kicking it since we are little and till now we still look at each other like we’ve just met. Love is magical but i haven’t experienced it to its full capacity 🙂 . love is real and through the story you told us, it showed a concrete proof…

    P.s. Sorry i stopped by late. My internet connection was down for a while 🙂

    1. Hi Babanature,

      I know I’m late with my comments that’ve just piled up, but I’m glad I’m sitting down to replying as many as I can do this weekend. I guess taking a vacation has this major drawback 🙂

      Oh yes…true love never lessens, instead only grows with time. I’ve seen it with my parents, though sadly my Mom passed away midway, but my Dad still has her pictures and memories all around his room.

      Ah…that’s so sweet, to know more about the love of your life, and I’m sure your love will only grow stronger with time too. Oh…don’t worry about stopping by late, you can see how late I am in replying too.

      Thanks for stopping and sharing your views 🙂

  32. I am truly married to the love of my life.

    We were married when I was 18 1/2 years and he was 22 years old. We basically grew up together. Five years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It shook our world. I can remember how both of us just cried on our bedroom floor and he took me into his arms and said we are going to get through this together. He was there for me every step of the way. I had over 6 surgeries and he was there, every doctors visit, hospital and through recovery. One of the surgery after the reconstruction, I look liked a freak and he kept saying I looked good. Finally I had the head of plastic surgery at the major hospital in the area fix me. I asked my husband why didn’t he tell me I looked so bad and he said I love you and I didn’t want to hurt you and it made no difference to me what you looked like. I have been married for 48 years and I know what true love is.

    1. Hi Arleen,

      I’m so happy for you. You and your husband are so lucky to have grown up together and shared the life’s experiences – 48 years being happily married is really commendable!

      Yours is surely a true love story that is so rare in today’s times. It shows that your husband truly loves you and he’s been really wonderful in taking care of you.

      How lovely and sweet of you both to unite emotionally and pledge to go through the hard times and then leave them behind. It’s so good to know that you beat the breast cancer, along with your hubby.

      You’ve gone through a lot and you’re a brave person. And you’re lucky too to have such a loving husband who loves you as a person and not how you look like. Yes, this is true love and I wish you both all the blessings in the world!

      Thanks so much for sharing your life and true love story with us all. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  33. Wow…I knew this post was going to make me cry and it sure did.

    I get choked up with just the thought of losing my hubby. I hope I’ll be able to share many, many years with him.

    My grandparents had the kind of love. In fact, they passed away on the same day just different years. My mom says he was ready to take her with him and I believe that.

    Wonderful and touching post Harleena! Hope you’re having a great day!

    1. Hi Corina,

      Aren’t we all alike? At least in the aspect of getting emotional, and it’s not only us women, but some of Aha!NOW’s men readers too expressed getting emotional reading the story.

      May be it’s because we all can relate to it. The reality is that we all will depart from this world one day, so it’s all the more necessary to love each other truly and fully while we live.

      I wish you share the true moments of love and memories of true love for many years with your hubby like your grandparents.

      Thanks for visiting this post and contributing your valuable thoughts and experiences. 🙂

  34. Wow, Harleena, so moving! We can all aspire to be like Paul and Wendy. What a gift to have your true love by your side for sixty years!

    But you’re right, sixty years still isn’t long enough. Paul’s grief at his wife’s passing is very real and understandable.

    May you and your husband enjoy many, many more years together, Harleena!

    1. Hi Carolyn,

      I’m so glad you like the story. It does have a sad ending but carries with it an important message that is so relevant to all of us. I agree with you that every married couple should aspire to be like Paul and Wendy.

      It’s understandable that you cannot have your true love with you forever, but one should try to be a true lover to the partner as long as they live, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s for 6 or 60 years, right?

      Only death will separate my husband and myself, so I guess we have many more years together ahead and definitely so especially with your wishes! Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the post, I appreciate it. 🙂

    1. Hi Jodi,

      I’m glad you like the post. Yes, I agree it’s a beautiful story and an ideal for people to learn to brew love and romance in their lives. The belief and practice of love is enough to make yours a true love story!

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the post. 🙂

  35. Hey Harleena,
    I read somewhere that love brings about marriage but marriage maintains love. Any opinion from you about that?

    The real problem these days is that most young people don’t know when they are in real love. With things like money, wealth, intelligence, eloquence, education, beauty, etc surrounding us, it becomes sometimes hard to know what we are feeling. Is it lust or love?

    Yes, Love is not the things you mentioned ( lust, fear, possessiveness, jealousy, etc.) and I completely agree with that.

    I have seen people part ways because certain things that were there before disappeared. Now, this is clear that there was no love. There were just some mere attractions. Often, there are just some desires to be satisfied (and you know what happens once a desire is satisfied).

    Like you mention, love is unconditional – doesn’t rely on the presence of any thing. “You love them as they are, just as they were before, and just as they will be in the future.”

    BTW, I could see and feel Paul and Wendy in your story. If this is story is a movie, spectators will certainly shed tears.

    Thanks for another value-filled post for our education. Hope you are having fun this week.

    1. Hi Enstine,

      You’re absolutely right about everything you wrote in this comment. You’re no less a relationship expert and it shows you’ve a good understanding in these matters too!

      Certainly marriage is the institution to maintain the love with your partner. Though some people do not feel the need of marriage to do that, most fail to let marriage serve this purpose in their lives. I believe marriage is a step towards becoming soulmates with your partner, with commitment and responsibility.

      You’re right about today’s young generation and their confused lives. They seem to run after temporary pleasures and things and miss out on the permanence in their lives that could really give them long-term happiness.

      You’re right in that if you choose your partner on basis of looks, wealth, and health… what if these things disappear? Of course your relationship might severe because you never based it on love. At their age, Paul and Wendy only had love between them, and they maintained that very well – this is a lesson for the young people.

      Desires and temptations often set you off path and change your course of life that you regret later. You’ve to be very careful and be within limits because many men and women have fallen just because they fell for fulfilling every desire in their lives.

      Unconditional love is the way to go for a life of unlimited happiness till the end – yes, I agree this story can be converted to a great movie.

      Thanks for your thought provoking comment and a great discussion, which I’m sure will benefit many readers. Thanks again for your contribution, I really appreciate it. 🙂

      1. Constantly reading this blog will one day make me expert in this matter. I see other related posts with same rich contents.

        Bravo for this wonderful job Harleena

  36. Hi Harleena,

    Wow, what a beautiful story, and if you know me just a little bit, you know I couldn’t help it but cry. This is so touching.

    It’s true that true love never dies and true love is not selfish or jealous. This story reminded me of my great uncle and aunt who loved each other still well into their 80’s. My great uncle (brother of my grandfather) died at age 85 still loving his wife, and she still loved him as well. She died at age 100. I always think of them because of such love and closeness they had.

    Well, thanks for making me cry today, Harleena 🙂

    1. Hi Sylviane,

      I’m sorry I made you cry but honestly I too faced the same emotions on reading this moving story. I guess sometimes its good to get emotional and feel for others.

      You’re right about true love, and I’m sure your great uncle and aunt had it between them. Wow, loving and being with each other till death do us part.. you only see that in movies nowadays, isn’t it?

      Thanks for sharing your true love story and contributing your thoughts and emotions to the post. I appreciate it very much. 🙂

Previous Article
family having things to do on their holiday vacation trip

Fun Things To Do In Your Holidays

Next Article
man and woman with thumbs up and down telling key to success

How to Rise Up Every Time You Fall

Related Posts