The First Word
Byline: By Hannah Jones Western Mail
My nan and grancha were married for more than 60 years.
Grancha, for those of you who have no concept of Wenglish, means grandfather. I think I need to clarify that at the outset because a friend of mine - a Welsh one at that - didn't know what "a grancha" was when I was explaining something or other about him.
"So what do you call your grancha then?" came my question. "Dead," was her answer.
Anyway, they were married long enough to get diamond presents and, unless one or the other was in hospital, they never spent a night apart.
They were rather proud of this, but not as much as my grancha was of the fact that he'd read the Bible from cover to cover many times over. "Were you bored?" I innocently asked him.
"Whenever your nan was getting on my nerves I dipped into it," he told me. "Did I tell you we've been married for 60 years? Now you'll understand my attraction to Leviticus ."
I'm not sure what made their marriage strong or workable or wonderful in equal measures. Maybe it was the fact he was placid and she was anything but.
Another diamond duo celebrated their anniversary last week, namely the Queen and Prince Philip. There was loads on the box about their marriage, but what's more interesting to me is a new documentary series coming up which follows them - and their brood - around the world. …