They were a model couple. They went to many Masses during the week....as well as on Sundays. And they had a lot in common....doing many things together. And I've seen very few married couples who loved each other so "unconditionally" And if an unkind word was ever exchanged it certainly wasn't in public. They could separate at parties..but would still be aware of where the other one was. They would bring home gifts ...and flowers....and hold hands in public even after they were older. (79, 70) Both liked working in the yard...but together. They were SO happy to DO for one another.
And when my Father died (who introduced them 34 years ago) they asked if they could "carry down the gifts" We (our family) happily obliged.
AND....they were the epitome of GREAT friends. After surgery two years ago..."M" cooked meals and brought them out the 18 miles to me. And when my old car didn't start and needed some work...Richard brought a "jump box" and drove it the 17 or 18 miles to my personal mechanic.
And unbeknownst to me....they loaned money to a family member one time with no collateral or "time period" to pay it back. The family member did so early~
I learned a lot from them....what a great loving relationship a good Catholic marriage can produce....and what REAL friends are all about. This weekend I will be returning favors for "M" as she deals with this period of grief~