Hannah and Abraham
San Francisco, California
"You are the prettiest couple I have seen all day."
How did they react?
Laughed, said thank you, then: "Now guess what- we have been married for 57 years!"
How did I feel?
Those two were amazingly cute. And they had quite a story to tell: He is originally from Hungary, she's from England. Together they lived in Israel for 20 years before they came out here over 30 years ago. Tonight they celebrated Yom Kippur in their favorite temple which they drove all the way from the East Bay to the city for. I could tell it was a special night for them the minute I saw them because they were all dressed up.
Our conversation was beautiful, I enjoyed looking them both in the eye for his were very playful and young while hers were wise and awake. When they walked off slowly I heard them laughing together for what felt like minutes.
They left a deep impression on me and I kept thinking about the encounter for a while. I realized: If one day I can turn my head and look at someone in the way the two of them looked at each other- loving, open and knowing- I will be two things: Unspeakably proud and grateful. Proud of all the relationship work we have been making it through and grateful for the wonderful person next to me. Watching them wander off I felt a craving. I longed for what they have... And whispered, "Wow. I really want that, too." Let's see where life takes me.
In the meantime, Hannah and Abraham, happy Yom Kippur to you and countless joyful years of marriage!