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‘Happily Ever After’: Let Valentine’s Day linger

ASHFIELD — Here’s a post-Valentine’s Day event on long-time love and on “how it carries on, after the magic has worn off.”

“Happily Ever After” will be a panel discussion that features couples “who still like and love each other after 30, 40 or 50 years or more,” says Nan Parati, owner of Elmer’s Store and moderator of this panel discussion.

This program will be held Sunday, at 3 p.m., at Elmer’s, and it’s free and open to the public. Local area couples will be the panelists.

“I grew up with parents who met in 1953, got engaged six months later ... and stayed happily married for 58 years,” Parati says of her late mother, who died last year, and her father, who cared for his wife throughout illness in the last decade of her life.

“I’m thinking my parents learned how to be special or stay special, or how to create a new special sometime after the first six months were done,” Parati said.

Some of the couples, including Doug and Muriel Cranson of Ashfield, have been together since childhood. The Cransons grew up near each other, developed crushes on each other during elementary school, and ended up marrying right after college, 56 years ago.

“They’ll be talking about their lives and their loves and how it all works,” said Parati. “You can ask your own questions. We’ll hear good stories, we’ll learn a lot and it will be a fun afternoon.”

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