Anna Wise (AW) and Mary Wise (MW)
AW: I knew pop when we were children. I was 8 and he was 11 and I was madly in love with him and I thought surely that I would marry him when I was old enough.
MW: So how did you go about bagging him?
AW: Well, I was sassy. I turned on all the tricks that I knew and winked an eye or two now and then.
MW: Do you remember your first date?
AW: Yes, I remember that he took me to a baseball game. I was perfectly willing to go there or anywhere else. We danced the night away. We went to speakeasies. We did all the things you’re not supposed to do. And to make a long story short, which people are not fond of doing, we just sort of agreed it was time to get married.
MW: What year was that?
AW: This was 1933.
MW: And what was the day?
AW: What was the date? Well, it’s been so long ago I guess I don’t remember.
MW: November the 11th.
AW: November the 11th. Correct.
MW: Tell me about taking care of pop when he got sick.
AW: Well, your father was diagnosed with diabetes. He lost a leg. Then the diabetes took him anyway. We never know what diseases are going to catch up with us. It’s amazing the things that people can live through when they have to. So you get through it and you get through almost anything and you live to be 96. And sometimes you wonder why. But then when you look up at the blue sky you think it’s going to be alright.