James had a new bike that his mom had worked hard and saved for a long time to get. Mina had caught James' eye at school, and he decided to let her ride his prized new posession. Mina was a little inexperienced when it came to riding bikes; she crashed right into a wall! But James said little, more concerned about keeping his relationship with Mina than he was about the bike.
James and Mina both left school when they were 14, and began a courtship leading to marriage when they were both 18. Weeks after the wedding, James joined the Royal Naval Reserves and took part in active duty across the world, helping the allied forces in their fight against Germany.
At the end of World War II, James was finally able to come home again to his wife... and to a new joy. His wife had given birth during his absence, and he was able to see his new son - now 20 months old - for the first time.
Following the war, James briefly worked digging drains for prefab houses, travelling on the same bike that he had let his wife borrow years before. Later, James and his wife started their own fish business which they continued to run together up until their retire-ment 10 years ago.
The couple, now 92 and 93, have 4 great-grandchildren and are still living independently. James even continues to drive, having passed his driver's test in 1937! And since the day that James came home from the navy in 1946, there has not been a single day in the 68 years following that he and Mina have spent apart.