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Their marriage was arranged, swiftly transitioning from introduction to union without any traditional courtship or dating. In the tumultuous backdrop of 1945, amidst the Japanese occupation, they became husband and wife in the same month they met. He was 24, she was 19. Over time, she developed fondness for her tall, handsome, and caring husband, while he became fiercely protective of his diligent and affectionate wife. Their first child arrived before the year's end, marking the beginning of a family that would eventually grow to six children. Love was seldom spoken of in those days.

During the challenging early years, she managed the farm, raising pigs, ducks, and chickens while single-handedly raising their six children. She humorously referred to herself as his "second wife," with his art being his first love. He worked as a teacher, later becoming a principal, and pursued his passion for art on the side. However, his dedication to his work often left little time for his family. Despite this, he was always aware of his shortcomings. Upon retiring from education to focus on his art, he made concerted efforts to involve his wife, who provided invaluable support as his assistant during on-location painting sessions.

In 2003, at the age of 82, he was honored with the Cultural Medallion, and tears flowed as he dedicated the award to his wife in gratitude for her unwavering support. Now, at the age of 102, he continues to pursue his passion for painting, while his wife battles dementia. Each day, he accompanies her on walks, brings joy to her, and ensures she is treated with the same respect and dignity that she has always deserved for her lifelong devotion. Although he does not speak of love openly, his actions speak volumes, revealing the deep affection he holds for her.

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