Starting a family was very interesting because we were married for seven years before we had any children. For awhile we thought we weren’t going to have kids, but then we did. Within three years we went from having zero kids to three, this was from 1979 to 1981. Betty and I were used to it just being the two of us and doing things and going everywhere together, our lives changed completely in those years. At the time Betty was working as a teacher so had to stop working to take care of the kids. We were lucky that she was able to stay home and take care of them.
In those first few years, our parents started traveling to the US. Our families came pretty frequently so they could see our children, speak our language with them and get to know them. We used to go to Mendoza a lot when our kids were younger. Once they got into high school it was kind of hard to take them away from school, but Betty and I continued to go to Argentina to see our parents. Our kids were pretty good growing up, even though teenage years are notorious for being stressful. We never had any major disasters with them, very fortunately nothing serious happened. Then they went to college like 1,2,3. In a period of three years they were gone, so our lives change, it became a bit more relaxed. Our kids went across the country, one went to Chicago, another went to North Carolina, and our daughter was in Iowa City. It’s funny, they went to college and they came back with different personalities. Everyone grew up and changed.
My kids are adults now so they have their own lives so its kind of hard to keep in touch. My oldest child, Nicholas, is an attorney here in Des Moines, he works for the state. My daughter, Emily, graduated from the University o...
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...ld too. They break up the family and I think that’s wrong. They should work on it, go to therapy, give it a good try again.
My advice to young couples is you must be patient. Before you say something nasty, just think about it, count to ten, or wait until the next day to make a decision. That way you avoid saying something that is going to affect or hurt your partner. Throughout the years of marriage, you learn to have willpower and patience. You talk about the issues and you keep going. The other day my daughter was telling me that she doesn’t know any other couple who has been together for 44 years. Being together for that long is an accomplishment, as well as having grandchildren.
Betty and I continue to complement each other, and we continue to love each other a lot. Its kind of hard to image my life without her. Hopefully we will be together for a long time.
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