OK, I'm about to age myself here, but Richard and Tina Lawson are what the young folks would call, "couple goals". No seriously, no matter how long you've been married, or even if you simply aspire to be married, they are a breath of fresh air to look to for a sense of comfort. Their love story isn't perfect, or what society tries to tell us about when marriage happens, but it is perfectly for them.
You see, Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson wed on April 12, 2015. She was 61 years old, and he was 67. And it all took place on a yacht on the waters of Newport Beach, California. Yass.
This was six years ago, marking their sixth wedding anniversary this week.
And boy did they celebrate in the cutest way, I mean, like, cue the 'awwwws'! Mama Tina was up first, as she took to social media to pen a message:
"Six years ago today we got married. We celebrated with the Road Dawgs yesterday! (Right) I have known you for 39 years and you have always been an amazing, compassionate, kind, brilliant man. Full of love and Talent and optimism! I have learned a lot from you ! The most important lesson is to not take life and myself so seriously! to be free, to laugh, dance, to be silly sometimes, to be human and unapologetic. Thank you Baby for contributing to my happiness! I love you more each day Happy Anniversary !! @mrrichardlawson"
Awwwww! (See, I told you.)
But it was Richard's message to her that got my attention most.
Because if you believe in manifesting, and understand the guidance of love on a deeper level, his is what you need to see. He tells their story:
"Dear Teene B, 39 years ago my sister Gwen (RIP), your best friend, introduced us. I thought you were one of the most beautiful women I had ever met. Breathtaking.!! The thing that was so striking was that your beauty continued to be enhanced by your incredible heart, compassion, empathy, generosity, and philanthropy. You were pregnant with Beyonce at the time, and married, so my incredible attraction for you then, could only live in my fantasy."
"As we remained friends throughout the years, I took great pleasure in observing you become the ultimate mother, especially for your own daughters, but also for the way you care for and nurture women all over the world. It took 32 years for my attraction for you to come full circle. It was well worth the wait. You're a revolutionary, visionary, incredible artist, a fashion icon, a leader, a cultural beacon, a hot sexy ratchet God warrior and only second to God, You are my wife. How highly favored Am I???"
Lawd, my chestttttt.
As we all know, Mama Tina was previously married for over 30 years, Richard for 11 years. Even though the actor was struck by her beauty, she was a married at the time, and his sister's best friend. Instead, he sat back and waited. He was patient, their love was patient.
Since marrying, the Lawsons often take to social media to show what living and loving in your best life looks like. Whether they're on vacation with a few famous friends, fighting for social justice, or simply dancing the night away to a few Isley Brothers' jams, these two are pure empty-nesting joy.
Happy anniversary, you two kids!
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Featured image by Tina Lawson/Instagram