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Submitted by Barbara

My husband passed away in the spring of 1992 after a long and arduous illness. I went back to work and saw my oldest and youngest sons married without the presence of their father. In the summer of 1993, there was a message left on my answering machine from a man with whom my husband had worked for many years. The message said "Your name came up and I was wondering how you're doing and if you'd like to go to dinner some night." Dave was widowed in 1988, retired, and the father of five grown children. His phone number was written by my husband in my address book, the only phone number in the book in my husband's handwriting. I called Dave back and we went to dinner on July 10th at a lovely restaurant overlooking the Great South Bay. On July 7, 1999, after a wonderful six-year courtship, Dave proposed to me at a lovely restaurant overlooking the Great South Bay. We were married on November 26th, the day after Thanksgiving. Our ten children and seventeen of our twenty grandchildren took part in the ceremony. It was like a dream come true. Our honeymoon plans included a four-day stay in San Francisco and seven days in Hawaii. Dave had visited Honolulu on three prior occasions to see his sister, who has lived there for the past thirty years. I had been looking forward to this trip for months, having never had the opportunity in my lifetime to see this beautiful paradise. However, several days after arriving in San Francisco on December 2nd, Dave became ill and was admitted to St. Francis Hospital for six days. We had booked our seven-day stay in Hawaii through Tauck Tours and were forced to cancel it. Dave is 74 and I am 63. We are still very much in love and happily married. But we are very disappointed that we missed our honeymoon in Hawaii.


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