Margie Walsh of Deer Park recalls a walk in the park that led her to future husband Bob.
In 1963, after Easter Mass, my best friend and I took a stroll in Central Park. As we entered the park at 60th Street, two young men passed us. I thought one was especially good-looking and well-dressed.
Two hours later, we were leaving the park at 59th Street when we saw them again. This time Bob, the one who had caught my eye, ran up to me and said, "Small world, isn't it?"
We were both 18. He lived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, but had grown up on East 82nd Street and was visiting his friend. I lived on West 62nd Street. Bob asked for my phone number. Normally, I wouldn't think of giving my number to a stranger, but I wrote it on a church envelope for Bob. We still have the envelope. He called me that evening.
We saw each other the next day and continued dating. Bob had a 2 1/2 hour train ride each way to get to my house.
At Christmas, he gave me a pearl ring and asked if I would accept it as an engagement ring. I said yes. That spring we went to the Horn and Hardart Automat on Broadway. After we left and walked a few blocks, I realized I left the ring on the bathroom sink. We ran back, praying it would still be there. Luckily, someone had turned it in to the manager.
Bob and I wed on April 10, 1965, at St. Brendan's Church in Brooklyn. I became a full-time homemaker and mom. In the 1970s, after Bob's parents died, his four teenage sisters came to live with us. We have three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Our home has always been a hub of activity and fun.
We moved to North Babylon in 1973 and then to Deer Park in 1982. Bob retired in 1991 as vice president of global custody services for Bank of New York. He ran for New York State governor in 1994 and for Congress in 2000. He served as a United Nations goodwill ambassador to Russia and Ukraine from 1998 to 2000. Bob recently started his own publishing company. We are both active members of our parish, Saints Cyril and Methodius in Deer Park. Bob is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society and is a Eucharistic minister. I am a church greeter at Mass.
For our 50th anniversary in April, we renewed our vows at our parish church and had a backyard party with family and friends. We also took a cruise to the Bahamas.
We thank God for His many blessings and for a second chance to meet that day in the park.