For better, for worse, couples who endure

Thea & Ron

A new NYT weekly feature profiles marriages, civil unions and partnerships that have lasted over 25 years.In the first of the series, one couple reminisces on the glue that holds it all together.

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What he learned from her:

Ron: She made me stronger no doubt about it. She made me realize I had potential to do above and beyond. I never would have stepped out of my comfort zone. I would have done something mundane, I’d still be in that mailroom if not for Thea.

What she learned from him:

Thea: Life frightens me, not him. He’s the one open to change. I’d be stuck in the same place if not for him, pushing me, cajoling, loving me, cheering me. He’s willing to showcase me, while staying in the background.