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Love in Pandemic: Couples Who Found Romance in a Year of Tragedy

When lockdowns started final March, Vickie Green began making masks and providing them to the senior members of her church in Elizabethtown, Ky.

One was Garry Knight. They had recognized one another for 16 years, however the small gesture led to texting and cellphone calls, and for weeks, Ms. Green, 67, and Mr. Knight, 74, bonded over their love of gospel quartets and journey. Mr. Knight requested her on a socially distanced date, and the pair met at Chick-fil-A, the place they parked their automobiles and talked for 3 hours, Ms. Green stated. Around that point, she stated, her granddaughter had seen a new pep in her step.

Both Mr. Knight and Ms. Green had lost their spouses in latest years, and located that they might work via grief collectively and share a newfound pleasure. “After a couple of weeks, I realized I wasn’t crying myself to sleep every night,” Ms. Green stated. “That’s a hard thing to go through, losing a spouse of 48 years. And Garry had been married 49 and a half years. Together, we’ve got about 100 years’ worth of experience.”

In June, Mr. Knight proposed. Two months later, they tied the knot in a socially distanced ceremony. Mr. Knight stated the couple had realized a new lesson in the pandemic. “It could be found anytime, anywhere,” he stated. “Nothing has to stop love.”