A Midwestern Romeo and Juliet
— these two in the late 1950s.
Households who attended differing churches and rival schools;
viewing the other as “afwijkend”,*
that over the decades morphed to “offies”.*
In spite of the labels, they were alike in their foundational, fundamental belief.
Their union was atypical for such a traditional town, but on December 26, 1958, they unequivocally agreed:
not knowing the past months would be worse, sick and near death.