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Since I started with a good job with IBM when I was single, I thought I had it made with the salary that I can support myself and get what I wanted by saving the money for what I wanted to get. It was when I met Chu that I really started to live my life. She showed me how to laugh, to have fun, to explore new hiking trails, to walk, to become more compasionate with all the people we met, to be kind and to respect elderly people. She loved my parents more than I can imagine. She reminded me of that Captain Corelli's Mandolin said about love and marriage.

"Love is temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.

Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do.

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two."

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