Us (Past & Present)

Photo taken of us for the “Faces of Parkinson’s” book.

Lily and I have been married since 2007.  We married later in life.  Lily had been divorced for years once we got together. I was married to my career as a high school teacher.  Upon first sight of Lily I was interested.  It took me quite some time to get around to asking her out.  I did not want to lose our friendship and was not sure if she was dating someone. We had a storybook romance complete with a marriage proposal on the beach of Lake Tahoe at sunset.

Lily’s Background

Lily is of Japanese heritage. Both of her parents were born in America, but grew up in Japan.  They did not know each other until years later, but they both moved back to the United States in 1940.  Within a week after Pearl Harbor they were both sent to Japanese Internment camps.  Lily’s father, who was a student at the University of Washington before the war, was pulled out of the group heading off to Internment camps and given the opportunity to teach Japanese to American officers.  Lily’s mom was put into the Santa Anita Race Track within a week of the invasion of Pearl Harbor. Soon after that she ended up, with her mother, at Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming.  Alter she was given a job helping the camps dentist. When he moved to Boulder, Colorado, she was asked to move to.  She did. It was in Boulder that she met Lily’s dad. They met and were married in 1945.  They were married for over sixty years when Lily’s dad died at the age of 97 in 2010. Her mom is still alive and as positive as ever.  (see more at Life with Lily)

Brian’s Background

Brian is of Irish heritage.  His parents were both born in Chicago and have a long family history in the Chicago Area.  In fact, Brian’s great, great, great aunt was Mrs. O’Leary of the famed Great Chicago Fire (that was not actually started by her cow).  Brian comes from a family of eight kids.  He is the middle child (as much so as i can happen in an even numbered amount of kids).  He has three older brothers, one older sister, one younger sister, and two younger brothers.  He is the only boy between the two girls.  That put him in the middle.  He has hundreds of wonderful relatives all over the Chicago area, though most of his immediate family now resides in California.  His parents were very happily married for almost 60 years until his mom passed away at the age of 77 in 2010 (a week after Lily’s dad).  His dad is still alive and seemingly getting younger and younger each year. (see more at Former Teacher)