“She is my Princess. I’m her William. And I wouldn’t have it any other way … We love each other.” – Bill Forward
Do marriage vows seem to mean as much today as they used to? If you’ve heard anything about the increase in divorce rates, you may wonder.
Bill and Glad Forward a couple who live on the Sunshine Coast of Australia, are definitely ignoring the trends. More than ever the vows they made 50 years ago are being tested. In sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, the promise they are keeping is a true example of what love is. They have spent much of their lives working to help lepers and orphans in India and Romania.
This short 3 minutes plus video, produced by CVCNOW, documented the love of Bill and Glad. Simply titled “What Is Love?” the video tells the story of how they met more than 50 years ago and the daily battle with Glad’s advance stages of Alzheimer’s.
In the video, Bill tells of how he has to do everything for his wife, from the time she gets up until when they go to bed – from brushing her teeth to dressing and feeding her.
According to Sunshine Coast Daily, Bill said, “I don’t count it a burden whatsoever, I count it a great privilege to care for this one I have loved all these years.”
He first knew her when she was about eight through Glad’s brother, who was friends with Bill.
They will celebrate 50 years together this year.
The film stemmed from director Fiona Cameron’s desire to tell the story of a couple she has known for 15 years.
“It has been breaking my heart to watch Glad wither away over the last few years but it has also astounded me how Bill has gently cared for her,” she told ninemsn.
“It wouldn’t cross his mind to do anything but cherish, protect and care for her.”
In times like this, where some are losing faith in marriage and relationship, I hope that this affirming video is evident enough that unconditional and undying love still exist.
Photo Credit: Evan Forester