We had our first set of dishes and a new set of responsibilities. We were newlyweds. Husband and wife. We’d spent the first half of the summer planning a wedding, getting married, and honeymooning in Hawaii, and the second half recovering, recharging, and redecorating the first place we’d call home. We had our whole life in front of us. The nest was almost built.
All that was left was to hang the final piece of the puzzle, a dark wooden rectangle that framed a blank piece of cork. A bulletin board. Our vision board. The place where our goals and dreams would meet everyday life. Concert tickets. Party invitations. And pictures of people we loved. Things that would come and go mixed with something that wouldn’t. The first thing we put up. The best thing we put up. The thing that, no matter what surrounded it, would always be there: a picture of Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher, at the time, the world’s longest married couple.
They’d been together for 86 years. Married in 1924. He worked for a nickel a day during The Depression and built their home by hand. She stayed at home and raised five children. They were best friends until the end, spending their evenings in rocking chairs on their front porch, watching trains pass by and talking about life. Through the ups and downs of this world, they endured longer than almost any other couple in the history of the world. In the history of the world.
Want to catch up on The Pink Slip Files? You can read them all right here:
Intro: What Are the Pink Slip Files?
No. 1: Failing Pre-Marital Class & Otter DNA
No. 2: Sink or Swim
No. 3: Turning Off the Lights
No. 4: Leave a Message at the Tone
No. 5: Chocolates, Mystery Shows & Honeymooning
No. 6: Cutting Coupons & Wal-Mart Jeans
No. 7: Paper Chains of Memories
No. 8: Dancing on Bar Tops
No. 9: Man’s Best (Feline) Friend
No. 10: Confessions of a Waffle Fry
No. 11: What’s So Important About Shoelaces?
No. 12: Breaking Records… Like It’s 1924
No. 13: Why We’re Not as Classy as We Thought
No. 14: A Letter to My Only Starbucks Lover
No. 15: The Night We Killed Someone (Kind Of)
No. 16: Lord, It’s a Fire!
No. 17: 6 Words We Never Thought We’d Google
No. 18: How Jordan Convinced Amy… To Take Her Clothes Off. Every Time We Walk in the Door