It was 1951. She was the beautiful new girl in the office and he was the handsome, convertible driving, sweet talking, musician that worked at the desk nearby. On her first day she walked past him in a pretty dress and he was awestruck. Art knew he had to make this new girl his.
His desk was a few feet away from hers and they quickly became friends. After work the people from the office would get together to play cards and she started to join them. He began to look forward to card nights because it meant getting to spend more time with her. He found out she was taking the bus home from these late night card sessions and pleaded with her to let him give her a ride. He had to know she was safe and he had to have more time with her. It was on these drives that they would laugh together, talk about life, and got to know what made each other tick. They were getting close …but there was one little problem, she was already engaged. She had gotten engaged straight out of high school and her fiance had immediately left to Connecticut. Her engagement had been one of little contact and no love. During lunch breaks at work, Art watched Becky call her mom to see if any letters had come for her …but they rarely did. He knew that if this girl was his he would write her every day. Becky knew in her heart that her fiance was not the man she was going to spend the rest of her life with but it was just a matter of doing what was hard and ending things.
In the meantime, the ladies in the office were planning a surprise bridal shower for her. They knew Art had become Becky’s friend and had asked if he would bring her to the shower and to keep it a surprise. Art, knowing Becky’s heart about her engagement and unable to deny the feelings of his own, said yes to the ladies but had a different plan. He picked her up and took her to the top of El Cortez in downtown San Diego. There, they laughed together and talked for hours that seemed like minutes.
He kept his word to the office ladies and took her to her surprise shower …but he dropped her off 3 hours late. The ladies from the office were livid but Art didn’t care one bit. It wasn’t their hearts he wanted to win. Art was in love and Becky was realizing for the first time not only what it meant to be in love but what it looked like to be loved. She knew it was time to break off her engagement. Her fiance was, of course, not happy to hear the news but Becky knew what was right.
Art and Becky spent the next year getting closer and closer. On a cold December night they were at a friend’s Christmas party and it was getting late. Art turned to Becky and asked if she would marry him. She said yes and she knew, more than anything else, that it was right. They were in love and wanted nothing but to spend the rest of their lives together.
And that’s exactly what they’ve done for the last 60 years. It wasn’t always easy but they were committed to each other. He spent every day falling more in love with that girl in the dress and she that man that made her feel like gold. They made time for each other when life got busy. They stuck together and worked as a team when the storms hit. They spoke words of love to each other. They made communication a priority. They forgave quickly and chose to let go of the little things …simply because there was nothing ever so important that it was worth losing each other.
On December 16, 1951 Art & Becky vowed their hearts to each other. On December 16, 2011 they celebrate 60 years of life and love together. A life and love that produced 3 amazing children and a wonderful example for generations to come. Congratulations you two! It is such an incredible honor to be a part of your beautiful, beautiful lives and my greatest privilege to be married to your ‘sweet talking musician’ grandson 😉 In 60 years we hope to be just like you.
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