When his wife developed Alzheimer's, Bill got to return all the love she'd always given him.
This is the sweetest three-minute video on love (created by YouTube channel Why God?) that I've seen in a while. If you have a few minutes to watch, scroll to the bottom. I recommend it. If not, let me quickly melt your heart with this recap.
Love ... it's real! And for some people, it really does last a lifetime.
Bill and Glad are coming up on their 50th wedding anniversary.
Bill remembers falling for Glad like it was yesterday. He's a year older than her, and he became friends with her brother when Bill was just 8 years old. He says she was into him — he'd catch her staring — but he didn't really pay much attention. Until...
"I was 17, she was 16. I saw her dolled up, dressed up, and she had an A-line dress on. And, boom! It was gone. I was there. She was the one for me then, absolutely."
He recalls riding his bike to see her every Saturday, which was hair-wash day for Glad: "She used a special cream in her hair for her shampoo. And I can still smell it, because that smell was so particular, very nice. It was just absolutely special."
(Oh, my heart!)
The pair married and had kids. They'd all go for bike rides together as a family. They really enjoyed their lives.
But things started to change about nine years ago.
Now, Bill does everything for Glad, who's unable to care for herself — he brushes her teeth, bathes her, dresses her, feeds her, and takes care of her needs. And he's happy to do it all.
Remarkably, Bill found a way to keep their love of bike riding alive.
He had a "bike chair" made so the pair can still enjoy carefree time together.
Super sweet, right?
Warning: Bill's closing words may make your heart explode:
"I am determined to care for her every need. Every need. You see, God has loved us so unconditionally, and I understand that God has put his love in my heart. And because I realize how much God has loved me, that's how I too can love my lovely wife.
She has done so much for me over all of these years. Now she can't, but I can. And I can return her love. And it's a love that, well, to me, means I can do everything for her.
She's my princess. I'm her William. And I wouldn't have it any other way."
Got a few minutes? Watch Bill talk about his relationship with Glad: