- I didn't know that so many people still call each other "sweetheart"
- I also didn't know that people say "my love" to each while discussing who ordered the roast beef and who ordered the turkey sandwich
- I kept asking one man to stay out of the middle of the road while taking pictures. At one point his wife walked over and said with a smile, "Good luck. I've been trying to keep him off the road for 50 years."
- We often exchange e-mail addresses. Many read like this: bobcindy@.... or jimandsusan@.... There's something wonderful about these couples who read each other's mail.
- There is a sense of quiet confidence in each other. A sense of history and consistency.
- Couples often sit beside each other in the bus, even though there are lots of other empty seats. If they would just split up they could both sit by a window.
- One husband was a die hard athlete. Yet, for the whole week I found him going slow at the back of the pack. He was keeping an eye on his wife who was recovering from chemotherapy, had no hair under her winter cap, and had surgery on a spine tumor in a week.
In a time when family seems to be an uncertain institution, I take great hope in society by seeing these happy couples. This afternoon I caught an old man coaxing a little kissing out of his wife on the sidewalk at Old Faithful when he thought no one was looking. Afterwards, they both laughed and looked a little sheepish.