Married couples enjoy a coffee together!
Eleven of the married couples, either living at the Manor or with one spouse living here, gathered for a special coffee on Thursday afternoon, February 20. Interestingly enough, only two of these couples are presently living here together at this time. As the Activity staff was visiting about this one day it was decided it would be nice to have an activity just for the married couples so it was decided to have a special coffee for them. The table were decorated with red tablecloths, heart napkins and special place cards with each couples names, anniversary date and how many years they were married. When Veleda was visiting with one of the couples she discovered their favorite cookie was ‘Chocolate Chippers’ so she had some freshly baked cookies for everyone to enjoy along with meat, cheese and pickle kabobs; ‘Fire-cracker’ snacks; and white chocolate dipped strawberries. Of course, coffee was served and cranberry 7-Up was offered, also. Before eating the snacks everyone shared how many years they had been married and how they met. This led to many interesting stories of their wedding day, etc. The couple married the most years was Emery & Rose who will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary in April. Three other couples present were married in the 1940’s; four couples were married in the 1950’s; two couples married in the 1960’s and two couples married in the 1970’s. One couple has been married 11 years – but they married after his first wife passed away. Some information was shared about headline news in the months they were married and prices in the decade they were married. The price of a new home in the 1940’s was $3920.00 to $23,450.00 in the 1970’s. Today the average price of a new home is $289,500.00. Gas prices have went from 11 cents a gallon in the 1940’s to $3.80 on average for 2013. Some of the couples did not have money to take a wedding trip back in the 1940’s and others had to be apart for while after they were married because of their work. All the memories and reminiscing made for an interesting afternoon that could be shared together!