The Caregivers is a unique series focused on the challenges and triumphs of caregiving. These stories have been created through a strategic partnership between AARP and Word In Black.

Imagine it is a Friday night, school is done for the week, you’re putting on your best outfit and you walk five miles for a date. And remember you’re still going to have to walk back home.

As a teenager, Ted Howard, Sr., a retired educator for the Seattle Public Schools, courted his wife of 57 years, Cora, by walking five miles and back just to go on a date. Now if that is not expressing one’s love for another, then I don’t know what is.

Howard Sr. derived his value system from what he learned in his early years growing up with his grandparents Robert Lamb and Mary Wiley-Lamb, and his mother, Freddie Wiley. Those values were education, hard work and leaving a legacy for the next generation.

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