When Denny Daniels (R) and Larry Rolf (L) met in 1990, they were prepared to dislike each other.
At the time, Denny was dating Larry’s ex-wife, Sharon.
At StoryCorps, the two talked about how their unlikely relationship began.
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Larry Rolf (LR): I didn't really have a problem when Sharon said that she was bringing somebody. You want to bring someone along, it's just another cup you add to the soup.
DD: I said, "Well, I'll compromise. We'll go for an hour." She says, "That's okay." But we kind of hit it off.
LR: Yeah, by 10 o'clock I thought, "Was this guy going to move in or what?" But I am so glad that Sharon and you got married. I was a complete horse's ass with the relationship that I had. I was drinking, chasing; and Sharon was there. She took care of the kids when I was out in bars. And how she made it--sometimes it just amazes me. And, um, her last years with you I think were probably the happiest in her life. And a couple of weeks before she died, I got to tell her how sorry I was and she forgave me.
DD: I do not know without you if I could have gotten through it. Everyday you would call me, make sure that I was okay. You still do.
When you lose someone that you love, it creates a hole in your soul that is hard to fill and you helped fill that. You are more like a brother than a friend. And I appreciate that so very much.