Be my Valentine?
Each year around Valentine's Day, Zimmerman shares love stories from people in the community: how they met, where they are now and how fate has played strong roles in their lives.
The following is a story of Don and Judy, of Camillus:
From Judy Morse of Camillus
It was 1960. We danced to Dion and the Belmonts, picnicked at Sandy Pond and watched movies at the Lakeshore Drive In. We were 18 and in love. After graduation and off to college and with miles to cover, we lost touch. But does one ever forget their first love?
Forty-six years went by; it was 2006. I had lost my husband after 30 years of marriage and lived in Manlius. In May, I noticed Don's wife had passed away. Still mourning my own loss, I did nothing.
In September, I remembered his birthday and after much encouragement from my daughter, I sent a card. Two days later I received a phone call from Don.
Over the next three days we talked on the phone for hours and agreed to meet for dinner. It was like a dream come true. We had lived only 15 miles apart and yet never gotten together. He had two sons and four grandchildren. I had a daughter and one grandson.
Judge Jack Schultz married us May 2007 in an outdoor ceremony and when Don asked me to marry him, I said, "Can we have a dog?"
Two-year-old Sunny completed the family the next year.
So you see... miracles do happen, even when you're 65!