Love endures |

Love endures

It was carved on a big old chestnut tree at the Old North Church in 1964, but it began long before that. When they first met, they were 10 and 11 years old. They shared a desk when their fourth- and fifth-grade classes exchanged rooms for music class. They began writing love notes and left them behind in the old wooden desk for the other to find. They met on weekends, hanging out at the corner with the gang.

Over the years, they’ve shared a virtual lifetime together, dating and dancing on weekends as high school sweethearts, enduring the Vietnam War and military service, births, deaths, graduations. They’ve been through a lot as lifetime partners, including all the ups and downs life provides.

And now, after 50 years of togetherness, 40 years of marriage, three “perfect” children, four extra-special grandchildren and a few grand dogs later, Barb still loves Gary.

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