IT’S NO SECRET: From the First Minute They Knew, and Life Has Been Easier Since


As a result of marriage is an ever-evolving expertise, we continually shift, change and, in some instances, begin over. In It’s No Secret, {couples} share ideas about dedication and inform us what they’ve discovered alongside the method.

Who Roberta Temes, 75, and David Lyons, 87.

Occupations She is a therapist and writer; he’s a retired college administrator.

Their Marriage 27 Years, zero months and counting.

The couple married Might 12, 1991, not fairly a yr from the day they met, on the Rockefeller College campus, at York Avenue and 66th Road, in New York, earlier than about 50 visitors. “We went for high quality, not amount,” Mr. Lyons mentioned. “We had an outside wedding ceremony with a fountain and a backyard. It was lovely.”

Collectively they’ve three ex-spouses, 7 youngsters, 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. They dwell in Scotch Plains, N.J., and additionally spend three months a yr in Delray Seashore, Fla.

Via the Years

When Roberta Temes met David Lyons in Might of 1990, each had been divorced: she, as soon as; he, twice. Each had a number of youngsters: she, three; he, 4. Neither was searching for love.

“We met at a dinner for singles at a Chinese language restaurant on the Higher East Facet,” mentioned Dr. Temes, a psychotherapist who focuses on hypnosis. “I used to be 48 and seeking to meet individuals and have a superb social life. The advert in the paper mentioned, ‘When you’re over 40, come for dinner.’

It price $100 which was some huge cash at the time.” Dr. Temes was seated at a spherical desk in the restaurant when Mr. Lyons entered. “Once I noticed him I mentioned out loud, ‘Now I’ve to get married.’ The individuals seated subsequent to me thought I used to be speaking to them. I used to be saying crazing issues,” she mentioned.

“He scanned the room and got here proper over to my desk. We really feel in love that minute.” They exchanged enterprise playing cards and made plans for a date. Then they’d one other. On their third, she picked him up at the airport and seen he didn’t look effectively.

“One thing wasn’t proper. We finally went to the hospital and the physician mentioned, ‘You’re having a coronary heart assault.’ That’s once I actually fell in love,” she mentioned. “I planted myself at the hospital and met everybody in his life. His physician mentioned no stairs. David had stairs in his condominium. I didn’t. I mentioned he might stick with me. He by no means left.”

A yr later they have been married.

What They’ve Discovered

DR. TEMES I used to be married at 18, for 18 years. We have been hippy children. We have been younger and poor. I had three infants in a short time. The ladies’s motion exploded in my kitchen. It was a superb marriage till I didn’t need to be married anymore. Then it wasn’t good. Then I received divorced. For 12 years I used to be fortunately single. Then David walked into the restaurant. I fell in love together with his wild, whimsy hair, his face and his self-confidence. He wished to marry instantly. I’m a therapist. Folks can cover craziness as much as a couple of yr, and that’s how lengthy I wished to attend.

When you’re married to the proper individual marriage is straightforward. You simply meld collectively. We take pleasure in ourselves independently, and with one another. Opposites do appeal to. He’s conservative, rural and from the Midwest. I’m liberal, city and from New York. He’s quiet and reserved; I’m loud and typically speak earlier than I feel. It doesn’t matter as a result of our interior selves are the identical. We’re optimistic, we care about individuals. We’ve by no means actually had an argument or mentioned an unkind factor to one another.

I like his quiet power. Sadly, I’ve discovered I’m not at all times proper, that there are different methods to have a look at conditions, that being good just isn’t an insult. He places a terrific worth on being honest and by no means being rude. These weren’t issues I considered. I’m a lot nicer now. I let go of my certainty.

He’s a minimalist and likes issues which can be beautiful and easy. David likes a quiet home, so I put on headphones. I don’t must have noise in each room. I don’t must trigger consideration to myself.

In my first marriage I had to surrender issues. I don’t have to do this with David as a result of we wish the identical issues.

MR. LYONS I’m not good at working a room. I normally spend the night with the individual I encounter. This girl attracted me from afar. I wasn’t searching for greater than attending to know individuals. I hadn’t thought of getting married once more since I’d been married twice earlier than. It makes a distinction should you’re with the proper individual. Roberta is the proper individual. We nonetheless rejoice the day we met. We go to a Chinese language restaurant every year.

Roberta interacted with my youngsters instantly and has been an essential a part of their lives. She’s very sensible, straightforward to dwell with, loving, caring, and environment friendly. I’d be misplaced with out her.

We actually don’t argue. I do know that’s type of bizarre. We like being collectively and are very suitable. We work at the identical desk in the eating room. That’s our winter headquarters.

Change is gradual. We’ve been good for one another. She’s made me extra social and talkative. I’m a greater individual. I’ve discovered to know individuals higher. Roberta can spend 30 minutes and she is aware of about them as a lot as I do after 30 years. I’m a greater member of the family. We’ve every taught one another. I’ve taught her quiet can nonetheless be efficient, much more so. She’s slightly extra out in the world and wish to be the middle of issues. She’s been dragged a method and I the different.

With my different wives I used to be at all times on edge. Right here there’s no extra edge. I get up considering I’ve one other day with this individual. Whenever you get married later like we did, you need to get extra. You need to dwell two years in a single yr. You need issues between you to be productive. At 87 I don’t know what number of years I’ve received. That makes on daily basis extra treasured.



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