Lessons on love: Encourage each other's talents

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST

The Missourian interviewed 10 senior citizens with more than 400 combined years of marriage among them, and we've compiled a list of the 10 tips they shared. Read all 10 lessons in a single story.

5. Encourage each other’s talents

Mary Ginsburg can usually be found sitting on a loveseat next to her friend Eunice Kautsch, chatting away at MU Adult Day Connection.

The two women were friends when they were younger, but they lost touch until they met up again at the center.

Ginsburg attributes her coming there to her late husband, Larry. The couple was married for 66 years until he died about three years ago.

"When he retired, I had to find something for him to do," Ginsburg said. "So I realized that he had an art thing going."

Ginsburg encouraged her husband’s passion for painting.

"I nagged him," she said. "You got to find something that keeps your interest."

Eventually, her husband put on an art show at MU Adult Day Connection, and that's how she came to know of the place.

At the back of the center, a painting of his hangs mounted on a blue mat. It shows colorful houses lining a street and a horse-drawn carriage. Ginsburg refers to this piece simply as "The New Orleans" and says she still wishes she could visit New Orleans one day.

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