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Love, Aged to Perfection

Art and Peggy Gish, who have dedicated their lives to the promotion of peace, talk about what their 48-year marriage has been like over the long haul.

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Art:

Freshman year, college, first class, first day, 7:30 in the morning, introduction to philosophy class, she sat right in front of me, and uh wow!

Peggy:

When I first met him, I thought art was a German exchange student. He spoke English with a German accent. He had just returned. He had spent two years in Germany and Austria, and had learned to speak very fluently. So I was a little surprised then to find out that he wasn't.

[Laugh together]

Peggy:

We've been married now for 47 years, very soon it'll be 48. I can look back and it doesn't seem that long ago, but I can look back in another way, and so much has happened. In many ways, it seems like we've always been together.

Art:

We chatted after class a little bit everyday. I asked her out for a date, and she said yes.

Peggy:

...and I think our first date was going miniature golfing.

Art:

We played miniature golf. I think it was a double date. Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was with another couple

Peggy:

...with two other couples.

Art:

Everything seemed to go well.

Peggy:

It was kinda fun.

Art:

...and then, right after that was a special weekend.

Peggy:

It was called 'Breakaway',where the women were supposed to ask the men out.

Art:

And so I was expecting, to be asked out for a date, and everyday after class she was real friendly, and I thought, 'OK, now she's gonna ask me.' And she didn't, and she never asked me for a date.

Peggy:

Oh, Art was very disappointed that I didn't ask him out, but I wasn't feeling negative about him. But I was interested in another fellow.

Art:

...which I found rather disgusting.

Peggy:

...and so, I asked somebody else out, and so I know that he was disappointed about that.

Art:

...and I said 'That's it. I'll never ask her out for a date again.' I guess over Christmas vacation, I just kept thinking about her. So, I went back to college, and I asked her out again, and she said yes. And that was it.

Peggy:

We think of ourselves as one, and yet, two very different individuals. There's this really strong sense of unity, a strong sense of togetherness. Well, we both have slowed down a little bit. We're probably doing more than most people at our age. This another adventure, and we don't know how it's going to work out. It's comforting to not be alone in that, and have this sense of walking through it together, just like we walked through a lot of other times in our life.

Art:

Old age, I don't know what you're talking about. [Laughs]

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