As I remember it, their marriage didn't always run smoothly. There was never any yelling but I remember hearing occasional grumbling. Grampa was very strong-willed, perhaps even stubborn. Gramma may have been just as stubborn. But in the days of their marriage the wife generally bent to the wishes of the husband, and I believe that was probably so for them, at least in most cases.
Love doesn't always run smoothly. But smooth isn't one of the bywords of marriage. I'm not even sure love is one of the bywords, though movies would have us believe it is the beginning, middle, and end of marriage. For my grandparents (and my parents, too) commitment, sacrifice, and dedication were some of the bywords (and actions) of marriage. And love was the result of living a life together.
These are my grandparents, William Carl Robert "Bob" and Emma Bickerstaff Meinzen. This photo probably dates to the late 1950s or early 1960s when they would have been in their late 60s or early 70s. They were married 97 years ago on this date.
Happy Anniversary, Gramma and Grampa.