In honor of Valentine’s Day I thought I would share a story with you.
Once upon a time there was a boy name Albert and a girl named Iola. They met one summer through a mutual friend and fell madly in love. The boy was Catholic, the girl Protestant, and the girl’s mother didn’t approve. She was horrid to Iola, cruel even. During WWII Albert enlisted in the Navy and served on the U.S.S. New Jersey. Iola’s mother refused to let her write to him while they were apart. Iola would go to the Catholic priest when she could to see how Al was doing. She waited for him and when the war ended he returned home. On February 14, 1946, Valentine’s Day, Albert proposed to Iola. She was so in love with him, and she said yes. Her mother was so angry. She beat Iola and told her to never come home again. Despite all of that Al and Iola were married later that year. They moved to Redford, Michigan, and raised 11 children in the same house Iola still lives in today. Al and Iola shared 62 years together before Al passed away in 2008. (more…)