Is it possible to fall in love over a cup of coffee? Well at Country House, a retirement community located just down the road from Winterthur, two people met just that way.
Dick, 90, and Helen Raymond, 91, had actually crossed paths many times before in their lives, but had never met. They had both lived in North Wilmington most of their lives, and even attended the same church when they were married to their former spouses. "It just wasn't meant to be then," Helen smiled.
Helen had been living at Country House since 1999, and Dick moved in Dec. of 2003. His wife of 65 years passed away of Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2008.
So although they were now living in the same zip code, it wasn't until the daily coffee hour at the Delaware Lounge did the couple final cross paths.
Helen said she was not interested in a relationship when she met Dick, having been widowed for four years: "I was not interested in getting remarried," she said.
But they remember the day they first saw each other like it was yesterday.
"I said, 'hello,'" Dick said.
"I saw him come in and was wondering if he'd come the next day," Helen said.
Dick didn't waste time asking her to lunch, and a year later, the couple became engaged.
The couple married on May 1, 2010, and will celebrate their three year anniversary this year.
The couple said that what makes their story so special is that at their age, it is hard to find someone that you just click with.
"We like the same foods, music, nature, and our coffee black," they said.
They said that their marriage works so well because they agree on everything and they never fight.
As of now, the couple does not have anything special planned for their anniversary, but they believe everyday together is a gift: "We just love being together," Dick said.