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September 7, 2008

Jeff and Linda Wall

Jeff, 43, met Linda, 57, while working in the same office. They moved on to new jobs but never forgot each other.

Jeff, 43, met Linda, 57, while working in the same office. They moved on to new jobs but never forgot each other.

The friends: Linda and I became good friends at work and always had a lot to talk about. We kept in touch when we went on to new jobs but didn't see each other for about a year. I was ending a 20-year marriage and found out Linda was too. I asked her out a few months later, and we quickly caught up on our missed time together.

The beach: We had both raised kids and were ready for a life that we could enjoy, with all the little things life has to offer. Three months before our wedding, Linda had a heart attack. She came through fine, but we both realized how short life really is. We were married on the beach at Tybee Island, Ga., in July 2006 – just the two of us, the minister and a sunbather who volunteered to take pictures. Neither of us had ever had a honeymoon, so our beach wedding meant the world to us.

The poem: We have built our dream house and live every day to the fullest. Linda gave me a poem many years ago that said, “To love is nothing. To be loved is something. To love and be loved is everything” – words we both live by everyday.

Kathy Haight

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