Marietta was among the dozen or so guests already seated at the table when he finally arrived, half frozen, snow still clinging to his hair.
“I couldn’t tell you who else was in the room that night,” Stephen said like a bashful teenager, years later.
Ages: Both 62 Years married: 35 Occupations: Part-time dental hygienist; Realtor How did you know he was the one? He didn't have a job, he wasn't a college grad and I was, but I saw his potential. He taught me that, too, though I am still not a hundred percent there yet. Choose your battles and understand that as you change, your mate also changes. We were together a lot and that really made the marriage work.
Longtime wives tell O what drew (and still draws) them to their husbands and offer advice to the young and un-hooked-up. And we'd have to take the kids because we were too poor to have a babysitter. Now I know him well enough not to say things in ways that are going to hurt him. Ages: Both 51 Years married: 30 Occupations: Wedding coordinator; advertising executive How did you know he was the one? We were sophomores in high school, and I used to watch him come out of the boys' bathroom and go to the water fountain every day at lunch. We officially met at a formal school Easter dance, and we were inseparable from that night on. Jerry walked in last night and said, "Want to go to Reno?
Ultimately, your happiness is what is at stake here, not the views of those who can't appreciate that happiness. I want to tell her but i have no idea how to go about it. I was married once, and left him because he was married to his job.. sure he has some limitations but we work around them.. At age 50, I have a very young sexy woman cleaning my pool.
Then one summer, I was in the hospital and he brought me the biggest milk shake I'd ever had. We're still stimulated by each other intellectually, and I still think he's the sexiest man in the world. We've always been partners, and we were always looking at the world and helping in our small way. We moved from Guatemala to the United States, faced the same issues—learning another language and culture, leaving everything we had, including our families. From the beginning, we knew that we were going to get married and it was going to be forever.
Stephen remembers vividly the first time he saw Marietta.
He was late for a dinner party one stormy evening in February.
“She smiled at me, and the chill I’d carried in with me instantly vanished.” They exchanged flirtatious glances all through dinner, seated too far apart for actual conversation.
Finally, dessert was done, and Stephen began gathering the nerve to approach her.