When two widowed people meet and fall in love, it’s like a second lease on life. That has certainly been the case for Dave Adams and Mary McEnery, a vibrant and beautiful couple after 15 years of marriage.
Splitting their time between Oak Park, Illinois and Sarasota, Florida, they share a long list of activities that brings them mutual satisfaction. More and more, they have focused on the plight of the homeless and the hungry. For the last six years, they have delivered weekly meals to home-bound seniors through the Sarasota Friendship Center.
“It’s nice to be able to do this together,” says Mary, a retired advertising executive and office manager. “It really makes us appreciate our own health, and that we can provide for our own meals.”
Dave, who retired as a film and videotape editor for CBS News out of Chicago, adds, “We get a great deal of satisfaction from delivering meals. We get to meet these wonderful people, see their progress, and get help for them if we observe the need.”
Mary has even learned a little Spanish from the “Senora” at Casa Santa Marta, a subsidized housing facility. “We always hug, and she always says ‘I love you – in English,” says Mary. “That means so much.”
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About Peg Palmer
Peg Palmer is director of communications and public education for the Friendship Centers. She has been with Senior Friendship Centers since 1996, and is editor of Prime Times, published by the Sarasota Herald Tribune.