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| love stories | “You’re going to leave me?” “Well, yes. That was the plan, wasn’t it?” “But . . . but I like having you here!” “Uh huh . . . I like being here, too.” Silence. Then, “I wonder what you would say if I asked you to marry me?” “Ask me.” “OK, I know the answer,” he said. June wrote another poem of her “formal” accep- tance to the proposal. Ed and June made plans for a late September or early October wedding, when the weather would be nice for a honeymoon at Apalachicola. God had a different plan. Ed had an episode of vertigo that suggested a foreboding of something more. He was committed to getting married, and June agreed that marriage meant “in sickness and in health.” As soon as he was sufficiently recovered, Ed called Pastor Tim Filston at First Presbyterian and asked if he would come by an meet with them. The fall nuptials were scrapped and the couple semi- eloped at the church July 26, 2018. No family. No friends. A big shock to everyone. They didn’t have a clue. At ages 85 and 81 there are bound to be chal- lenges. It didn’t take long. Three weeks into the marriage Ed had a major health event. June was fearful that she would lose him before they even had a chance to get to know one another as a family. Proper medication brought a good recovery, albeit with ongoing caution. As with the physical healing, it was also a time of healing of the families’ shock over the marriage. The honeymoon was postponed until October, after Ed was sufficiently improved. One of June’s challenges has been name chang- ing. The most amusing was after the name change for Social Security came through, there was an un- Wedding picture July 26, 2018 reasonable delay in the change for Medicare. June went to the Social Security office to find out why. “Oh, it got missed because most name changes for marriage are for ladies too young for Medicare!” Older couples deal with issues other than health problems, like forgetfulness, hearing problems, re- linquishing long-term independence, and nights that one or the other can’t sleep. Ed and June take these things in stride, and after six months of marriage still love each other. They wonder what took them so long. Thomasville Scene February - March 2019 49