Cary, 76, and Edwin, 83, met in 2008 as he was moving into her senior living community. Thumbing their noses at social convention, the first thing they talked about was politics and voting. The couple married Aug. 20, 2011 and live in Davidson. Cary tells their story.
The new guy: When Ed and I met, I was living in the independent living section of a retirement home. On Nov. 1, 2008, I noticed a white-haired, blue-eyed handsome gentleman moving in. I was in the foyer getting my mail when I ran into the newcomer, who was pacing back and forth, waiting for his furniture to arrive.
Politically active: I was very involved as a volunteer to elect President Obama and was wearing a large campaign button with his picture on it. Ed saw me and my pin, walked over and said “I like your button.” Now that was an original pick up line, but it took a few seconds for me to realize he was referring to my campaign pin.
Exit poll: I knew it was too late for Ed to register to vote in Mecklenburg County, but I kept my response all business and asked if he’d voted wherever he’d moved from. The retired Presbyterian minister, originally from Brooklyn, told me that yes, he had indeed voted. I’ve been a lifelong Presbyterian and when we married, it was in the chapel of Davidson College Presbyterian Church.
Four more years: Our friends said Ed and I should have invited President Obama to our wedding. Ed doesn’t have any children, but all four of mine –and most of my 10 grandchildren– were able to attend. What a happy first year of marriage we’ve had, as we’ve also been campaigning to re-elect our President. Hilary Trenda
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