Photo: Candida Performa
It’s never too late to find true love, and Mary Alice Neal and Stanley Rapaport prove it: they first met in a “senior singles” group in Colorado Springs.
When Mary Alice moved from her home in Florida to Colorado Springs, she didn’t know anyone there except her son. She decided to meet new people at a local senior living facility, which is where she first encountered Stanley. Mary Alice and Stanley got to know each other through various picnics and other activities they were involved in through the center—but true love doesn’t happen over night. It wasn’t until about a year after meeting that Mary Alice and Stanley experienced that spark.
It was Christmas time, and Mary Alice was set to attend a party with her granddaughter, but at the last minute, her granddaughter had to cancel. Without a date, Mary Alice thought of Stanley. When she asked him if he would like to go with her, he said, “I’m up for a free meal any day!”
They ended up having a lovely time at the party, and even shared a goodnight kiss at the end of the night.
Stanley left town for the rest of the holidays, visiting family. Upon his return, on New Year’s Eve, he left a surprise outside Mary Alice’s home: a bottle of champagne and a loaf of bread. When she found out the next day, she called Stanley and asked him if he would like to share and enjoy the gifts with her. After that, they started dating.
he left a surprise outside Mary Alice’s home: a bottle of champagne and a loaf of bread
Neither of them had thought about marrying again, but one day at a physical therapy session, Stanley had an epiphany: “Love is really the basis of life.” After his appointment, he met with Mary Alice and told her, “We need to get married!”
They next day, they got a marriage license and even bought rings. One of Stanley’s Bible study friends agreed to marry them, and within days, Stanley and Mary Alice became husband and wife.
he met with Mary Alice and told her, “We need to get married!”
To this day, they still consider themselves newlyweds. After tumultuous previous marriages, Mary Alice feels lucky to laugh and enjoy love. “I’ve never laughed so much in my life as I have since I met him.”
What does Stanley think? Well, he says that Mary Alice has fulfilled his life. “She is everything to me; she makes my life complete.”
And isn’t that the kind of love we’re all searching for?
Story courtesy of Stellar Living