This is something of an equal time post.
In my last posting, I wrote of the perils of procrastination. Today’s
theme might be described as “it’s never too late.” This is not to take a step
back, however. Given the uncertainty of our life journeys, there is a very real
sense of urgency in preserving our legacies. But, as these stories show,
patience and perseverance have rewards as well.
Consider the story of Francisco
Uribe and Candelaria Alvarez of Guanajuato in the center of Mexico.
When Francisco proposed marriage to Candelaria in 1937, she turned him
down. Since that time, they have continued as “boyfriend” and “girlfriend.”
That relationship has produced 10 children, 31 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 42
great-great-grandchildren. Over the past seven decades, Francisco, 98, has repeated
his marriage request to Candelaria, 91. Eventually, she relented and they were
wed on June 2.
"She confessed to me that she’s in love with me and that she’s
always loved me," said Francisco, according to the Reforma daily. "Now
it’s real; together for the rest of our lives."
It was 50 years ago that Marilyn Creed’s fourth-grade teacher in
Vancouver, B.C., suggested that she practice her letter-writing skills with
peers from other countries. That led her to Mary De Laet of Glasgow, Scotland. This summer
they are marking 50 years of their pen pal relationship with a North American
Frank L. White was a naturalized citizen of the U.S. after emigrating
from his native Barbados in the late 19th century. Around 1900 he
was photographed in a Chicago restaurant, where he worked as a chef. The image
was used as the model for the "Cream of Wheat man."
After White died in 1938, he was buried with a modest grave marker in
Leslie, Michigan. Researcher Jesse Lasorda learned of White’s uncredited fame
and started a campaign for a grave marker that included an etching of the
famous image, which was placed at the gravesite this year, 69 years after White’s
And, for those of us who know the origin of the sandwich known as a “Dagwood,”
next month will see the release of “Blondie: The Bumstead Family History.”
It will cover the 77-year history of one of the most famous families in cartoon