Yesterday morning for breakfast we were seated by a delightful couple from Canada. We often try to judge if strangers are our age or older or younger. This couple was probably a bit younger, but not much.
Ann and Brian appeared to be a settled, older couple relaxing after retirement. In the course of the conversation, however, Brian mentioned that they just got married in August. That was a surprise, but even more surprising was that they had each married into a family named Brandt many years ago, lost their spouses, who were cousins, to cancer, been close friends all those 35+ years, and finally fell in love with each other.
“In retrospect, doesn’t it seem logical?” I asked.
“Not really,” Ann responded. “I’m considerably older than Brian.” Okay..
He is slightly crippled and she is slightly overweight. Neither matters to them.
Brian kept talking about the blessing of falling in love a second time, which he’d never imagined. We talked about our churches and the current trend of churches losing members.
And then we found out about their families. Brian has a typical couple of married kids and a few grandchildren. His wife died only two years ago.
Ann was a widow for 20 years, and her children are anything but typical. Her son, age 33, has Down Syndrome, and lives with them. He works five days a week–two days at a car wash, two at a bakery, and one doing volunteer work. She and her first husband adopted a fetal alcohol syndrome daughter when she was four and she’s now 32. She lives independently but still has issues.
Brian was a plumber and Ann was a social worker. They are determined to enjoy their life together even while being involved with their adult children. They were both very upbeat and positive.
We praise God for this Christian couple and pray his blessings on their marriage and their lives. We were inspired by their story!