Joie de vivre

On June 28 we decided to go to Randazzo’s to celebrate our 66th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic atmosphere.

We were drinking and eating what we enjoy best. At one point a young man seating behind us turned over and asked me what I was eating. We started talking and I told him that we were celebrating our 66th anniversary and that I was 91 and my wife was 86. He was amazed and called his young wife over.

They came to Key Biscayne from Texas for a technical conference and were staying at The Ritz Carlton. When I heard Texas I told them that was where our married life began…how we got married in Camaguey, Cuba, 66 years ago and moved to Freeport, Texas for my first job as an engineer. We told them that our first son was born there, that the biggest shrimp we have ever saw we ate in Freeport, and how we used to go shopping in Houston in 1953 when the downtown was only a few blocks long.

They got a kick out of listening to our stories but we believe that they were more impressed with our age and the length of our marriage. At the end of our meal I asked Henry, the chief waiter at Randazzo’s, for our bill.

He said, ‘Mr. Blanco your bill has already been paid.” I said, “What?”

The young businessman from Texas had paid for it. It was over $200.00.

I went to their table and said, you didn’t have to do that. The three young couples at his table were so happy to hear about our story that they wanted to be a part of our celebration.

For us it was a lesson that there are many young people that know what is good in life and they want to enjoy in that same happiness.

---Jorge Blanco

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