They had been married nearly 60 years. Walter and Agnes had been young at heart when they wed. It was 1952.
Many things happened that year of their marriage.
A pretty young English woman became Queen Elizabeth II when her father died.
In the United States a former general, Dwight Eisenhower, was elected president.
"The Diary of Anne Frank" was published.
In Argentina, Eva Peron died of cancer at the age of 33.
Television debuted in Canada.
Jimmy Boyd’s recording of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" was released.
During the many years of their marriage, history continued to be made as well as the passage of thousands of sillier events.
Walter and Agnes had their losses over the years. They had never had children but had suffered the loss of their parents.
Walter thought of all these things as he struggled to turn the wrench on the old water pipes in the basement. He stopped for a moment, staring at the rust around the pipe fittings.
"That’s what I am," he thought. "Full of rust."
He put the wrench down and walked slowly up the stairs, feeling the aches in his joints with every step. He went into the living room, where Agnes sat reading a book. He bent over and kissed her cheek.
She looked up, surprised, and asked "what was that for?"
Walter smiled and said "for the rust."
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