“For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health.”
As someone who has gotten to know Mad and Jim well over the past few weeks shared with Colleen on her visit to Pittsburgh, you really have no idea what those words mean when you say them, or what the future holds. But Jim and Madeline live those words every day. “They really are the epitome of marriage,” he said.
Forty-four years ago today, they said, “I do,” but their story begins long before that. First as neighborhood playmates at ages 5 and 6, then as high school sweethearts. After Jim graduated from college and Mad was still in school, he was stationed first in Germany and then Vietnam. When he finally returned they were married in their childhood parish, St. Augustine’s in Providence, RI.
They both worked hard - for the community and for their families. For the most part, Madeline took care of things at home while Jim built his law practice. Until recently, she used to joke, “Jim, do you even know where the kitchen is?” That has all changed. He now makes her coffee and her sandwiches exactly the way she likes them. He even bought himself a cookbook! (So far, he’s attempted the recipe for scrambled eggs. Stay tuned for further developments.)
They’ve been the perfect team -- officially now for 44 years.
Colleen and Mike have always known that their parents were extraordinary role models. And to reinforce what they already knew, others frequently remarked to them about the amazing strength and love behind Madeline and Jim’s relationship -- comments that have been made much more frequently over the past few years.
Jim & Mad, you inspire us all. Happy 44th anniversary to an absolutely amazing couple!