Some couples get flowers or candy for Valentine’s Day. Others go out for a fancy dinner. Fritz and Marjorie Buell, who have been married for 67 years, will be getting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Sunday at the Oakmont of San Jose, the retirement community where they live.
So what’s love got to do with it? Fritz, 93, and Marjorie, 88, haven’t hugged their children or grandchildren in more than a year. “I’m looking forward to holding my family again,” Marge says. They received their first dose on Jan. 24 at Oakmont, which opened a vaccination clinic for its residents.
The couple are both from the Midwest and met at a dance — Fritz thought he might be stealing Marge from his cousin because he’d been sitting near her. They were engaged and married within a year and moved in 1958 to San Jose, where they raised three children. Their daughter, Bonita Thompson, said her dad’s a big Hank Williams fan and she played him one of the singer’s tunes a few years back and her dad’s face lit up because he remembered it as the song playing when he asked her mom for that first dance.
The song? “Baby, We’re Really in Love.” Sounds like they still are.
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