Much To My Delight

Much To My Delight

The Story of Bob and Sue

This is the story of Bob and Sue.

They met on the tennis courts in 1947.  
She was 18 with long, thin legs and inky-black hair like a movie star.

He was 21 with a gap-toothed smile, attending college on the GI bill. After a year of dating, they married and moved into a small trailer equipped with a two-burner stove, an ice box and an outdoor community bath. Money was tight and they both worked their way through college. Eventually they bought their first house for $8,000 and started their family.

They became educators. They had two children, and hosted barbecues and birthday parties in their backyard. They didn’t own fancy clothes or cars. They never took extravagant vacations. They continued playing tennis and golf together. They lived life simply, and appreciated everything. They had the same values, and they had each other, and it seemed like that was all either of them required for a happy, fulfilling life.

Before they became my grandparents, they were simply Bob and Sue.

A few years ago, at their 60th anniversary party, they were asked the secret to long-lasting marriage.

“Don’t get divorced and don’t die,” my granddad joked.

But if you read the book they wrote together last year–a living memoir of their life together–you’d hear how he really feels about his girl.

 “I met Susan soon after arriving at college and we dated for a year. She was my dream girl and I felt we were soulmates. We soon decided we wanted to marry. She was 18 and I was 21 and when we approached Mrs. Walker to get permission, she advised against it. We were totally smitten and we wanted to marry anyway. Mrs. Walker was probably right about it, but after 63 years of marriage I guess we did okay. We are still in love.”

And it shows.

They are respectful and kind to each other. They hug and hold hands and help each other off the couch. He still pats her butt when she exits a room and she still laughs at all of his jokes, even the corny ones. They are the kind of couple that is simply delightful to be around. They chose each other, and you can tell they chose right.

Happy Valentine’s Day to the couple who has taught me the most about love…

Bob and Sue.

Jenn P.

30-something psychotherapist. Loves cooking, hosting parties, exploring new places. Texan by birth. New Yorker by choice. Likes to tell little stories. Pull up a chair; I'll tell you one.

  • The Mc
    Wow that was really beautiful Jenn. What is the book they wrote, is it available for purchase?
  • Much to My Delight
    Aw, thanks Mc! Their book is mostly a collection of anecdotes and pictures about out family history and their life together. Not sure it would hold much appeal to people outside our family, but I absolutely treasure it:)
  • Elizabeth
    This is SO sweet! What a rare gem. They are precious.
  • Anonymous
    What a beautiful story and a beautiful love. :)
    – Caroline
  • Rabbit
    This is such an awesome tribute. I’m so glad I got to see that wonderful book in person!! Yay Bob and Sue!!
  • Shug in Boots
    What a cool idea for a post! LOVE the pictures! :) What a treasure!
  • dreaming en francais
    This is beyond sweet! Thank you for sharing this! xo
  • Dionne
    Ahhhhh, this is beautiful. Congrats to them. How lovely!
  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    What a sweet story, thank you for sharing it with us!
  • menia
    what a romantic story!thanks for sharing and you are so lucky to be around them :-)
  • Cammila Albertson
    What a sweet tribute. And what attractive people! Your granddad looks like Hugh Hefner!
  • Val
    Truly Beautiful…..Bob and Sue are precious.
  • Julip Made
    What a heartwarming story and your grandfather is right… after 63 years, they must have done something right. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story!
  • Norah
    This is wonderful :) Thank you for sharing. This definitely made me smile. P.S. I had never heard of Busan or any other city in Korea besides Seoul before moving here, so you’re not alone! We fell in love with it when a preschool friend of mine moved here to teach so that’s how we ended up here.
    • Bill Trapani
      I agree with everything said of these two. What is missing, the wonderful golf game that Bob plays. Regardless of the club he selects, the ball is struck consistently with the best of
      swings I have ever seen. Bob, you would have made quite a bit of $$,s on the Senior Tour.
      Your retiring from this sport has given us old geezers a chance to win some bucks.
      My very best and honest wishes that the two of you continue your wonderful walk into the future, knowing things will get better rather than worse. I know, having been there…..Bill Trapani.
  • Roxy Te
    thanks for sharing.. that was such a beautiful story!