44 Cray Street, Cumberland, RI 02864
Love Is in the Air
on TV, and boom! — we’re having that for dinner. We seldom have sandwiches because she’s usually testing out a new and delicious recipe. This month, we’re leaving the cold weather behind for a trip to Mexico. We’ve been looking forward to it for a while now, and so have our friends and travel partners. When the trip was still a couple months away, they sent us weekly reminders leading up to it — “50 days left until Mexico!” and “35 days until we fly away!” It was a fun way to anticipate the vacation. Linda and I aren’t the only ones who have found romance at Fore Court. My brother Brian also met his wife, Noelle, at the club. They were introduced right here in the lobby. Another employee also met their significant other here, and now they’re married too. It’s heartwarming to know that our club has brought people together for not just for fitness and friendship, but also romance.
with books and homework, and yet, our love blossomed.
This club has brought me so many joys over the years, and none more important than introducing me to Linda, my wife of almost 35 years. She was a member of the club, and I was a young man, barely starting my career here while attending college. I have my dad’s best friend Ronnie, who was the assistant manager at the time, to thank for the serendipitous introduction.
In the second semester of my sophomore year, I asked Linda to marry me. We had a small wedding with family and friends (“small” considering we both come from big families), and now, years later, we are blessed with a family and a relationship that has matured. One of the activities Linda and I enjoy doing together most is gardening. It’s our pride and joy, and the garden is almost the size of a tennis court. We plant vegetables and other produce each May, and are usually able to harvest right through November, or whenever the first frost comes. Last year we had 60 tomato plants, and my wife’s tremendous cooking made good use of them. Cooking is Linda’s forte. When the blizzard hit in early January, she made a big pot of soup for our family. If you were at the club that day, you might have been lucky enough to try some, as she shared it with our staff and club members. I’m always amazed at her skill. She’ll see a picture in a magazine or watch a dish being made
“We were both in college, busy with books and homework, and yet, our love blossomed.”
After being introduced, Linda and I fell into a natural, easy conversation. We talked that day, and soon after, I asked her on a date. We went out a few times, and over the course of the year, that turned into a relationship. We were both in college, busy
You could say that love is in the air.
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