HOCC: “We have been married for 36 years…”

Humans of Calvert County, Sarah Merranko & Anita Santoyo

Her: “I have a sister and she worked at a law firm and she was having a birthday. I had just broken up with my boyfriend and I wasn’t dating anybody, and she invited me out to bowl on Saturday night with her a group for her birthday. What I didn’t know, and what Gary didn’t know, was that she invited both of us to hook us up together at the bowling alley. We hit it off pretty good and I remember we were in bowling and we decided to go to a restaurant and have something to eat. At the end of the night, he said, ‘Can I call you sometime?’ And that was with the beginning of it.”

Him: “Yeah, her sister set us up. If either one of us knew we were being set-up, we wouldn’t have shown-up. We didn’t do blind dates!

Her: “I’m just fascinated by cars. I know it’s kinda unusual for a girl to want to talk about cars, but I just really liked sports cars and it just so happened that just about every boy that I dated had a cool Mustang a Corvette. It got to be a joke that I would say if somebody approached me and asked me to go out on a date, I would say ‘well what kind of car you got?!’ Well, when Gary came the first time to pick me up he had this ugly orange Vega! And in the backseat, he had cases of oil because it burned so much. And I said to myself, ‘Holy moly! What have my standards turned into?!’ But I guess it all turned out alright!

I love that he is a Christian man. He’s extremely considerate and he’s very thoughtful about little things that wouldn’t matter to most people, but they just mean a lot to me. Like the time baking cookies and I ran out of brown sugar, and the next time I looked in the pantry he bought all these bags of brown sugar. I mean it’s not a big deal, but it was to me. And he’s a great father. We just really get along very well and he’s got a great sense of humor. We laugh and cut-up all the time. We don’t really argue, but even when we do it goes back and forth and eventually it turns into laughter!”

Him: “I married someone who is a better person than I am. She’s a wonderful wife and a fantastic mother. I couldn’t be happier. I mean we get along so well. We know what the other is thinking before it comes out of the other person’s mouth. She’s just a really good person. We are just really lucky.”

Her: “We have been married for 36 years. I think if you are patient and giving and always put the other person first, it works out well.”

Him: “That’s very true I think if you put your spouse first and it the other does the same to you, it’s not hard at all.”

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