Former singles find bonds of love on Valentine’s Day
Some people say those who join singles groups to find a date are desperate. Others say the matches made there will never last.
Those people obviously haven't met Marilyn and Dick Laverentz.
"Well, 16 years, I guess that's quite a while," Dick said.
After first meeting during an event sponsored by the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Area Singles, Marilyn and Dick Laverentz were married just three months later, on Feb. 14, 1986 Valentine's Day.
Marilyn, now a retired Edwardsville Elementary School teacher, and Dick, now a retired insurance agent, said it didn't take long before they decided to tie the knot at the First Christian Church of Bonner Springs.
Although Dick said he didn't remember why the couple chose to be married on Valentine's Day, Marilyn said she had an idea why.
"I think you were trying to be romantic," Marilyn said laughing.
Marilyn said having so many friends around for the wedding helped make it a special occasion she won't forget. Fellow teachers acted as wedding photographers, and another of Marilyn's teaching friends sang during the wedding.
"It was almost kind of like a big family thing," she said.
Marilyn and Dick said there are several key factors in every good relationship, such as learning to compromise, being willing to listen and trying to put yourself in the other's position to better understand their feelings.
Since Dick and Marilyn are both recently retired, both said they have been learning to adapt to the other being around the house more. While being together more has its benefits, it also means annoying habits can become more noticeable.
"We see a lot more of each other and we kind of have to adapt," Dick said.
Learning to adapt has been easier since Dick and Marilyn have several common interests, such as hiking, traveling and their Christian faith.
Both Dick and Marilyn have lived in Leavenworth County nearly 20 years, but they will soon be moving to Oskaloosa and farther away from many of their friends.
However, the couple will come back to the area often and Marilyn plans to continue substitute teaching in Edwardsville and Bonner Springs when needed.
"It's only 30 minutes, it's not like we're going to the moon or anything," Dick said. "We'll be coming back."