You know, for all my grumbling about love and whatnot, I have to admit: one of the only things that makes me instantly happy is seeing kind people who find love together. Your daily dose of this can be found in the story of Jesse and Kelly Cottle.
In 2009, Jesse, a marine, stepped on an IED in Afghanistan, leading to the loss of both his legs. After returning to his hometown of San Diego, he attended a swim meet, which is where he met Kelly. The two became instantly attached and proceeded to fall in love.
“If I hadn’t stepped on that IED I wouldn’t have met her,” Jesse, now 28, said to ABC News. “I wouldn’t take it back ever.”
When the couple visited Kelly’s family in Boise, Idaho (one of the best places in the USA, just as a side note), they took family photos together. She and Jesse’s were extra special. Said Kelly:
“Someone had suggested taking photos in the water. I was carrying Jesse back to his legs, and the photographer was like, ‘Oh we’ll get a couple of shots of you together.’ It wasn’t planned or anything.”
After the photographer, Sarah Ledford, posted the pics on Facebook, the Internet quickly blew ‘em up and the photos gathered thousands of shares and likes at a rapid pace. Ledford explained the reasoning behind the pictures’ inspirational power:
“It’s an amazingly inspiring story that has touched the lives of many Americans. Jesse is not a hero for stepping on an IED, he’s a hero because of the way he has handled what was handed to him and how he chooses to continue to conduct his life with his positive attitude.”
As for Jesse, he just sees the photos as entirely about his wife and himself as a team — and about her strength as a partner.
“The photo really says it all,” Jesse added. “I actually look at it very much as a symbol for our whole relationship in general. She’s physically carrying me, but there’s times where she’s carrying me emotionally. It’s a perfect representation of who Kelly is.”
As silly and pretentious as it sounds, just by staring at their faces and body language in these pictures, it is so, so clear how much these two love one another. It’s great that the Internet took a break from sharing depressing or mean-spirited “news” and instead decided to celebrate true love. A+ job, Internet. Today was a good day.
Photos: ShutterHappy Photography