Masterpiece Smiles February 2019



Renaissance READER

Over 52 Years of Wedded Bliss PARTNERS IN THOUGHT AND LAUGHTER Whenever I tell people that Susie and I have been married for over 50 years, their first response is always to say something to the effect of, “Congratulations. That’s amazing.” While I certainly appreciate the warm sentiment, it honestly doesn’t feel like much of an accomplishment. Sure, we’ve made it longer than the vast majority of marriages, but it hasn’t required a Herculean effort. We have our spats as any couple does, but we’re incredibly lucky. I know at least that I am. I’m married to my best friend and the person I admire most in the world. You can’t do much better than that. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I want to take a moment to pay tribute to Susie. I hope she won’t mind me revealing the story of how we got together. Susie’s brother Forrest and I were pledge brothers at the University of Kansas. We became fast friends, and I’d often accompany Forrest on his trips back home. At the time, I viewed Susie as the charming tag-along little “I ALWAYS TELL YOUNG COUPLES TO LAUGH. LAUGH A LOT. LAUGH AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. AND LAUGH ABOUT AND APPRECIATE YOUR DIFFERENCES.”

Dr. Jan and longtime friend & and favorite patient, Paul, hunting pheasant in Kansas

-Dr. Jan L. Cobble Our daughter once held the title of “thinking partner” to a Silicon Valley CEO. I like to think of Susie as my thinking partner in life. She is truly my better half, and I can’t imagine where I’d be without her. Thank you, Susie, for everything. I hope we’ll be sharing milk and cookies for eternity. changing your spouse, so you’d better love them for who they are, especially the parts of them that don’t make sense to you. Susie and I are different in so many ways. I move fast, while she prefers a slower pace. Our differences complement each other and make us stronger than we’d be separately. We also have plenty of shared interests, and cherish our time together. We both love going to the symphony. On days when I want to golf but she doesn’t, she’ll walk the course with me. These little moments may not seem like a big deal, but they add up to one happy life.

sister. We were buddies, but there was never any design for us to become an item. It happened naturally over the course of many years. I knew everyone Susie dated during that time, and in turn, she even set me up on a few dates. Gradually, over the course of spending time together eating cookies and milk at her parents’ house, I realized that it was Susie who I had feelings for, not any of the friends she tried to match me with. Six years after our first meeting, I finally gathered the courage to ask her out on a date, playing it off like I was taking her off her parents’ hands for the evening. The rest, as they say, is history. After the obligatory congratulations, people will often ask me what our secret is. The truth is that there’s no recipe for a successful marriage. Everyone is a little different, despite that Tolstoy quote about all happy families being alike. One of the keys for us is laughter. I always tell young couples to laugh. Laugh a lot. Laugh as much as you can. And laugh about and appreciate your differences. You aren’t

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