A True Saint Valentine’s Story and Egg Rolls

It is said that St. Valentine was put to death for marrying lovers in secret during a time when the emperor had forbidden marriage.    We  have lived next door to Mike and Corita for the past 15 years.   They  met each other when Mike was stationed in the Philippines during the Korean War.  At that time, it was against regulations for service men to marry “the locals”.    Corita was tending bar in a club where they met and fell in love.  They found their own St. Valentine and secretly got married.  But that meant when Mike had to leave to return to the U.S., he had to leave Corita behind.

For 5 years.

For those 5 years, he worked hard to try to get her over here, but just when one piece of paperwork would go through, another would expire.  On and on it went.  Finally, out of desperation, he contacted his congressman.  A certain Gerald R. Ford, who pushed through all the red tape to help get Corita here.

I wish I could have seen that reunion.

They have had a hard life.  They have dealt with prejudice.  Their only 2 children were born with major disabilities.  But as I play with my children outside, I hear their laughter waft over the hedge.  Even after  46 years of marriage, they are one of the happiest couples I know.  Outside they sit, in their old iron yellow chairs, drinking tea.  He says something just to hear her laugh.   And it makes me pause.

I won’t take these moments for granted.

I repeat it to myself over and over throughout the day.

Learn from those older and wiser.

Laugh through this life.

Because you’ll enjoy it a lot more if you do.

And if you know someone who makes fabulous egg rolls,

have them over to teach you.

And be prepared to do a lot of laughing.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Nana & Papa
    Feb 16, 2011 @ 00:12:58

    This is a great love story. Thanks for sharing with us. Those egg rolls look yummy!!! Avy, you will make a great cook someday. We already know Asher is a fabulous cook. We are really enjoying your blog. Hope you had a great Valentines Day. Love you all tons. Can’t wait to see you next weekend.

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