Paul Chamberlin met his wife, Dixie, when he was in the ninth grade. The only problem was, after their first meeting, he didn't know for sure where she lived or how to get in touch with her. “I …
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Paul Chamberlin met his wife, Dixie, when he was in the ninth grade. The only problem was, after their first meeting, he didn't know for sure where she lived or how to get in touch with her.
“I liked her a lot,” said Paul. “It was love at first sight.”
Determined to find her, Paul got on his bicycle and started riding up and down the streets in the neighborhood where he thought she lived, hoping she might look outside and see him.
“I was inside and looked out the window and saw Paul riding around the neighborhood, and I thought `he's looking for me,'” said Dixie. “So I got my dust mop and went out onto the porch so he could see me.”
The two have been inseparable since. When Paul graduated and went to college 500 miles away, he would occasionally hitchhike back to Saginaw, Michigan to see Dixie, without telling his parents, so they could spend time together. He slept on the couch at Dixie's house during his visits.
The couple said they have learned a lot from each other during their lifetime together, and insist that a sense of humor, communication and physical affection are the keys to a happy marriage.
“Dixie taught me that it just isn't worth holding on to any anger or argument,” said Paul. “If I was angry and not talking, Dixie would crack a funny joke, or just walk by and touch me on the shoulder, and that's all it took for me to feel happy again.”
“Through the years there will be good and bad times,” said Dixie. “We had times when we really annoyed each other and didn't talk, but it's just not worth it. It's much nicer to hold hands or snuggle on the couch.”
The couple have a unique Valentine's day tradition. They have saved every Valentine's card they have given each other, and each year they lay them out around the house and re-read them.
Paul recalls a memorable Valentine's Day, when they visited their favorite Mexican restaurant.
“It was quieter than usual at the restaurant. They had white linen table cloths, fresh flowers and a romantic candle lit in the center of the table,” said Paul. “We settled in to the romance of it, but as Dixie was reading her menu, the flame from the candle set it on fire.”
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