Some weeks, interviews fall into place with no hassle at all. Others, subjects are a little more difficult to come by. This is one of those weeks, with only one couple profiled on here instead of two.
So, I’d like to take a moment to express my gratitude to those who have been willing to offer a glimpse into their personal lives for the rest of us to enjoy and perhaps learn from.
In many cases, couples I have approached about participating in this project have declined politely to be interviewed, afraid of putting too many private details about themselves in an online public forum.
Such worries, especially from people in their 70s, 80s or 90s are not surprising but they are disappointing. But they make me all the more appreciative of those who do grant interviews.
If you’ve been following this blog from the beginning, you may have noticed that most of the couples featured are Jewish, like me.
That’s not by design at all, but simply a matter of pure coincidence. As a result, I’m trying purposely to broaden the diversity of the couples profiled.
Another peculiar oddity that has popped up in this blog is the Bronx High School of Science in New York City.
A previous interview featured here was with a woman who happened to be a retired teacher from that high school and the post that I will put up after this one, on Jacques and Rosalie Fresco of Princeton Township, N.J., includes yet another connection with the Bronx High School of Science because that is the school Jacques Fresco attended.
And I had also written a post mentioning that that high school has more Nobel laureates than any other after stumbling on a recent article about that topic in The New York Times.
Lastly for this note, when I first set out on this project, I figured that senior citizen centers would be an easy and obvious choice for me to reach out to in order to find couples who have been married four decades or more.
Unfortunately, I did not anticipate that my access to seniors who use those centers would be restricted by overprotective directors at the facilities. Since these facilities are public buildings funded by local municipalities and their patrons are adults, I should be able to walk up to anyone there and see if they’re willing to be interviewed.
As a courtesy, however, I have gone to the directors of these centers first to let them know about my project and reason for being there, only to be told in multiple cases that I can’t simply go up to the seniors despite the fact that I would leave it entirely up to them whether to be interviewed or not.