They met in 1965, when David Richard was assigned as a student teacher to Del Thusius in Portage, Wisconsin. It was love at first sight.
Their life partnership ended on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court was debating gay marriage, when Thusius died in a Plainwell nursing home at the age of 85. In between, they loved, taught in the same school district, lived together…and entered places separately. “One of us would go in and the other would stand behind the door for a minute and then walk in,” Reichard recalled.
They also evolved. For much of his life, Thusius struggled with his sexual orientation. Yet on Reichard’s most recent birthday, Thusius gave him a very special gift: a wedding ring.
You can read more at http://www.mlive.com/opinion/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/03/julie_mack_love_story_of_two_r.html
If you need a pick-me-up, watch a 9-minute video of Gail Marquis and Audrey Smaltz at http://www.out.com/entertainment/popnography/2013/02/14/devotion-project-gail-marquis-audrey-smaltz-foremost-my-mind.
Now 57 and 75, respectively, the two met 14 years ago. Their senses of humor, ease with each other, and optimism are all infectious. Enjoy!
If you can use a love story right now, surf over immediately to the latest entry in The Oregonian’s continuing series featuring inspiring couples who have reached the 50-, 60- and 70-year mark in marriage.
The article at http://www.oregonlive.com/living/index.ssf/2013/01/northwest_love_stories_for_60.html features Eric Marcoux, 82, and Eugene Woodworth, 84, who have been together since they met in Chicago in 1953.
This delightful couple renews their “wedding vows once a month as part of our spiritual practice,” and “make a point of going to Starbucks every morning” together. While they don’t have much explicit advice for other couples — Marcoux said, “God, that’s just a terror of a question,” when asked — it’s easy to see between the lines: like each other, have a sense of humor, and have a commitment to each other. Enjoy!