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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Time now for StoryCorps. Across the country, people are sitting down together to record stories about their lives. Like this couple.

Mr. OSCAR COLON (StoryCorps Contributor): My name is Oscar Colon. My partner today and always is my wife, Miriam Cruz-Colon.

Miriam?

Ms. MIRIAM CRUZ-COLON (StoryCorps Contributor): Well, my name is Miriam Cruz...

Mr. COLON: Colon.

Ms. CRUZ-COLON: Colon. We are here at the story booth in Grand Central.

MONTAGNE: Miriam and Oscar first met in 1959. They were both acting students in New York.

Ms. CRUZ-COLON: Somehow a friend of ours wanted us to be together in a scene. And we were supposed to meet in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater on 52nd Street on Broadway. Oscar was late. We went to Hector's...

Mr. COLON: Hector's is a restaurant on Broadway.

Ms. CRUZ-COLON: ...we sat down, and the moment I sat down, there was an electricity...

Mr. COLON: There was magic about me.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. CRUZ-COLON: But we never did the scene.

Mr. COLON: But we got married. It's even better.

Ms. CRUZ-COLON: But he went in to the Army, and he was the only guy that would get three or four letters a day because I wrote to him every single day.

Mr. COLON: It was a joke in the military. Colon, letter. Colon, everybody standing there, nobody's getting letters. Colon. We are in the middle of the boondocks.

Ms. CRUZ-COLON: And we have about 700 letters in a box that one day we're going to publish.

Mr. COLON: We're going to be dead before they're published.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. COLON: And we've been married how long? Let's see if you remember now.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. CRUZ-COLON: Forty-three years.

Mr. COLON: Thank you.

Ms. CRUZ-COLON: We've been married, and it's been the greatest thing in my life because Oscar is a special being. He is a little impatient...

Mr. COLON: Impetuous.

Ms. CRUZ-COLON: Impetuous. I call him (Spanish language spoken).

Mr. COLON: Never had a youth.

Ms. CRUZ-COLON: He's like a baby, and that's what I love about him.

Mr. COLON: Miriam, you are without a doubt a good and giving person, much more giving than I.

Ms. CRUZ-COLON: No.

Mr. COLON: No, no, you really are.

Ms. CRUZ-COLON: Oscar, you've given me your time, your ears. You always paid attention to the kids. I was always running around doing my acting, and you had the patience. You had a special ability that, I think, I never told you of stopping whatever you were doing. You could have been in a big meeting. Who care, you would stop and listen to me and the kids. And that's...

Mr. COLON: Saintly, I would say.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. CRUZ-COLON: Yes, to marry me, you have to be a saint.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MONTAGNE: Miriam and Oscar Colon in New York. They celebrate their 44th anniversary next month. The Colons' interview will be archived along with all the others at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. More of these stories are in the new StoryCorps book, "Listening is an Act of Love," and at npr.org.

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