Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
“My first Valentine’s Day with my fiancé was amazing. That January, I looked for a puppy online and found a little Chihuahua I loved. My fiancé said he’d call and talk to the breeder for me. Later, he called to tell me the puppy had been sold. I was crushed. On the day before Valentine’s Day, I walked into his apartment and found a card waiting for me. As I was reading it, out of the corner of my eye, I saw this tiny little dog run past me with several bows around his neck. I started squealing as my fiancé said, “Do you recognize him?”
He had not only bought my Chihuahua, Tony, but had arranged for him to be driven from Missouri and had picked him up at 1 a.m. Tony is the greatest gift anyone has ever given me — and that Valentine’s Day remains the very best one of my life.”
Roseann Sdoia was watching the 2013 Boston Marathon when the bomb went off. The explosion severed the bottom of her left leg, but the firefighter who helped save her life never left her side. Mike Materia held her hand, calming her down as they rushed to the hospital. He later visited Sdoia as she recovered, waiting with her for hours at doctors appointments. Almost four years later, he proposed to the woman he helped rescue, and their love story even inspired a book.
After hearing about a coworker’s cousin in need, a man donated his liver to a complete stranger — and then married her. Former Marine Chris Dempsey decided to get tested even though he’d never seen or heard of Heather Krueger before. It turned out, they were a match in more ways than one. After undergoing the major surgery, the two quickly became more than friends, and tied the knot over a year later.
“On Feb. 14, 1980, my parents received a phone call from a local lab letting them know that they were pregnant, My mom waited nine months and when she gave birth, she was blessed with her baby girl (me). Every year, she makes it special by giving me something that warms the heart, and many years ago, I received a large bouquet of flowers at work. I moved away from my hometown for six years and she still continued the tradition! I have kept the cards through the years and have wonderful memories of Valentine’s Day. It’s not the typical day most women hope for, but for me, it’s the perfect day, as I was blessed with the two most loving, caring and dedicated parents ever.”