To whoever is posting from the official social media accounts of Johnny Cash, please keep it coming. Retro photos like these are simply the best.
On Saturday, March 20, the official Twitter account for Johnny Cash’s estate rang in Spring with a classic photo. March 20 also marks the Spring Equinox.
“Here’s to the first day of spring!” the account writes.
Firstly, it almost just seems like a photo of June Carter Cash. As any classic country or music fan would know, Carter Cash was Johnny’s wife and a five-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and performer.
However, you start to realize that Carter Cash’s arm is raised up and holding onto the hand of Johnny Cash… Who is seemingly clinging to the large tree for dear life! It’s a perfect and candid snapshot of one of music’s greatest ever relationships.
We are curious how that was the photo taken, though. As good as it is, was it planned? Or did the cameraman and June Carter Cash just decide to catch Johnny on his way out of the tree. Either way, it made for an excellent picture.
June Carter and Johnny Cash Were Married in ‘Spring’
March 1 might be before the Spring Equinox and still bringing some winter chills, but March always feels like the beginning of spring. Just like in the photo above, it seems like the pair’s relationship had a certain affinity with the season.
On March 1, 1968, the two country legends were wedded, less than two weeks after the pair got engaged on stage. It began a beautiful 35-year marriage that last until their deaths in 2003, with Johnny Cash passing away just four months after June Carter.
Of those 35 years, one token that perfectly summed up their love is a letter that Johnny Cash wrote to June Carter for her 65th birthday. Besides being a loving tribute to his wife, it is also a testament to the longevity of their relatonship.
“We get old and get used to each other. We think alike, we read each other’s minds,” Cash writes.
Cash further adds some context to the inherent difficulties of being with someone for life.
“We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.”
Lastly, Cash comes to a beautiful conclusion.
“But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met.”