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  • My grandparents were married for more than 60 years. They showed their love to one another by Grandpa mowing the yard and planting strawberries in straight rows; by Grandma making her coconut cream cake (with the toothpicks inserted to keep the layers from sliding apart). They canned peaches and stored them on shelves in the basement. Monday was wash day. Grandpa shaved with a straight-edge razor that he sharpened on a strap that hung in the bathroom for decades.

    They raised four kids during the depression. They came from hard-working parents and took life seriously. Never seemed to take much time for frivolity.

    And that's why this is my favorite picture of Myron and Rena Penick.
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