Our hands…they tell a story and every story is different and every story leaves behind lasting memories. I recently had the most incredible privilege of not only photographing Joseph and Mary, but listening to their love story and realizing what devotion they had to each other. They were married June 22, 1938 and last year celebrated their 75th Wedding Anniversary. How amazing…how beautiful…and they still live together in their home sharing each day with one another. Joseph is now 98 and Mary is now 94 years young.
During our time together I asked each of them what was special about each other. Mary went first and this is what she shared with me. We always cared about each other, always enjoyed one another. He was loving and romantic and throughout all the years “She washed the dishes, he wiped”. She told me Joseph was very handy and if she needed anything done he could do it. Any problem, he managed to fix it. Even neighbors and relatives knew this about Joseph and they would bring things to him to fix. Perhaps Joseph learned about fixing things during his 30 plus years of working for Hamilton Standard as an assembler or maybe it was a gift from God. Joseph made the coffee every morning and still does. Since retirement he has also made her breakfast ever day. “How sweet is that?!”
When it came to Joseph’s turn this is what he shared with me. Mary did all the cooking and she was a great cook at that. Mary took good care of their home as a full time homemaker. When the children were in school Mary went to work part time as a seamstress for a local company and eventually had customers of her own. I was told she could sew anything!
Together they traveled many places but some of their favorite spots were Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Maine, Canada and they even attended the World’s Fair in New York City 3 times. Listening to them I could tell their hearts went out to be near the ocean. They loved the salt water… loved seafood and truly enjoyed camping with their family at Fisherman’s Memorial State Park.
Joseph and Mary are sweethearts from high school days. It was wonderful to hear how they were brought together. At the time, Mary’s sister was dating Joe’s brother. As kids they did many things together. From the start Joseph and Mary hit it off and their love affair began at the young age of 17 and 18. As their love story grew through the years, so did their family. God blessed them with a beautiful daughter and son. They now have 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
I do hope you enjoy these images as much as I did in creating them. May they move you in a way to love and love deeply the family and friends that surround you in your life.
While writing this blog post many tears flowed down my cheeks. As I was recalling our time together during their photo session, looking at the final images, and while I began to write this post I lost someone very dear and near to my own heart…my 91 year old mother in-law Dorothy. An incredible woman who touched the lives of so many. We feel extremely blessed to have had her in our lives for so many years but still a great loss.
Please take the time to tell your loved ones you love them…tell them how important they are in your life…show them your love. God Bless.
Joseph and Mary’s High School Photos.
I just love the look on Mary’s face. Priceless and Precious!This image stole my heart. Such love…such true love through all the years. I wonder what Mary was thinking as she was being held by her loving husband.
An amazing looking couple for 94 and 98 years of age.
Mary looking through one of her small albums reflecting on days gone by.
A big heartfelt thank you to Joseph and Mary’s daughter Jean, for without her this time together would not have been possible.
May their love carry on.