Top of the Morning, Jan. 11, 2017
On Wednesdays, we run Milestones of all kinds in the print edition of The News-Gazette. Something to get you there:
Bob and Jody Bryan first met as 10-year-olds playing in a sandbox underneath a walnut tree in the tiny southern Illinois town of Ingraham, brought together by families who knew each other.
They did not see each other again until Bob moved north and attended Jody's high school in Homer. "As soon as he walked in," Jody said, "I knew who it was."
Consider it love at, well, second sight.
On Jan. 21, Bob and Jody will celebrate 70 years of marriage with an open house at Homer United Methodist Church. That will follow a Friday night trip to one of their favorite haunts, the Beef House in Covington, Ind.
"They don't skimp on the food," Bob said.
They're both 89 and still active. Jody, quite a dancer back in the day, still has moves (that's her dancing with Bob atop a picnic table before the prom in '45). A retired postal worker, Bob twice a day helps out his son Bruce, who farms 870 acres when he's not delivering mail.
"He's pretty tough," Jody said of her husband, "and he loves to farm."
I asked Bruce about his parents' impact.
"They taught me lessons in life just by the example they set," he said. "One of the greatest is to always try to be a decent human being to everyone around you. In this day and age, it's something the world needs more of."