As we prepare for the Valentine’s weekend theatrical release of Providence, we’ve tried to determine what distinguishes it from the other releases that weekend. Besides the obvious, that it’s a silent cinema movie, the biggest different is the worldview. While other movies are promoting a lifestyle of singleness and promiscuity, ours embraces the old fashioned virtues of true love and marriage. So with that in mind, we launched a campaign to share love stories of couples around the world in order to show that true love is indeed possible.
Most of the stories are being shared with simple memes on our social media. But a few of the stories couldn’t be condensed to just one picture and a few facts. Those I’ll be sharing here on the blog.
Today we introduce the story of Lloyd and Helen who will soon be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Helen was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon and was raised in Tionesta, CA. The family moved to Ashland, Oregon where she went to junior high school and high school.
From Lloyd: I was born in L.A. We moved to Medford, Oregon in 1946. I attended Phoenix High school and church in Ashland, Oregon. Starting in 1958 I studied pre-engineering for two years at Southern Oregon College then switched to LeTourneau College in Longview, Texas where I graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering. When Larry and I came back from college in 1963 a friend of Helen told her “The twins are coming home, I want Larry, you can have Lloyd”. When we attended church that Sunday night our youth pastor tipped me off and pointed out Helen to me. She was really cute. After the service the whole youth group always went to Little Sweden just down the street for a coke. Helen went along. I sat with her and then asked her if she would like to attend Romeo and Juliet which was playing at the Ashland Shakespeare Theatre. Back then it was, “Stay four days, see four plays”. That was our first date.
“A birth certificate proves you were born, a death certificate proves you died, photos prove you lived.” Lloyd Christian Smith