50 Years And Still In Love
By Lauren Stilz
5 Apr 2010
Harold and Mary Kathryn Ball have been married for fifty years as of 2009. The story of how they met and the amazing love story is unlike any other and is what makes this such a great story.
However, I am going to flash back to when I first met Harold. I first met him when I was a young girl growing up in Georgetown, Texas. At the time, I knew Harold as the "bike man." He could fix any bike and make it look like new. My mom bought me a bike from him and it was the best bike I've ever owned. Over the years, my family has stayed in touch with the Ball's and they have become almost like a second family to us. However, it wasn't until I heard the story just this past year, at their 50th anniversary party, that I realized what an amazing history the two shared together.
Harold was working for the Air Force and was stationed in Austin, Texas. One of his air force buddies asked him if he wanted to go on a date with this young woman, Mary Kathryn. He, of course, said yes. The two met at an ice cream shop. (His favorite flavor being vanilla and Mary Kathryn's was chocolate.) There must have been a spark while the two ate ice cream because the two only dated for six weeks and immediately knew that they loved each other. The two were to be married when he returned from his duty with the Air Force.
Sadly, during his duty in the Air Force, Harold was part of a horrific accident that ended up burning so much of his body that the doctors didn't think he would live. He told me, "the doctors thought I would die because I had no moisture in my skin." Almost all of his body had been burned. When the news of his burn got to Mary Kathryn, she got on the first train to meet him. On the three day train ride, Mary Kathryn didn't sit down the entire time. The train was so full that she had to stand at the connecting part of the train (Where one carriage is hitched on and connected to the next). She stood there for three days until she got to Harold in the hospital.
Once in the hospital, she went to go see Harold. Harold had, like I said, been so badly burned he wasn't sure what he was going to look like when he got out of the hospital. In the hospital, Harold looked at Mary Kathryn and told her that he "didn't know what [he] was going to look like and [he] understood if she didn't want to marry him anymore."
As Harold was telling the story, he began to cry. Tears came rolling down his face. Mary Kathryn replied to Harold saying, "Let's stick it out." If only there was a way to convey all the emotions that Harold was feeling when he told me this story. The love he has for Mary Kathryn is so strong and genuine. It is unlike any love I have ever seen or experienced before.
The couple lived a life together fixing anything and everything that was needed around the state where they were living (Louisiana at the time). The couple eventually moved to Georgetown, Texas and have been living in their mobile home ever since. At night the couple reminisces about old times and listens to old music that I haven't even heard before.
The two have been together for 50 years and for some couples, the love may diminish or expire, but not Harold and Mary Kathryn. I have never seen two people love each other more than they love each other.
When I went to take a picture of the couple, Mary Kathryn said, "Let me go fix up my face first" and Harold replied, "You know that doesn't matter." He said that he still sees Mary Kathryn as the same beautiful woman he fell in love with 50 years ago.
I hope that I am able to find that same type of everlasting love that the Ball's have with each other. I was so moved by their story that I just had to share it.