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Loving life

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January 29th, 2009

They may be celebrating the one-year anniversary of their marriage this month, but Cynthia and Irving Goldston still act the part of newlyweds. "We always get caught kissing in the elevator," Mrs. Goldston admits. The couple, who met at Brooksby Village, were the first and only pair who live there to marry in its chapel. However, they are not the only two who have found love. People who may have never met otherwise have come together at the Peabody community. Coming together Sitting in the Windows Catering Room at Brooksby where the Goldstons held their wedding reception she retells the story of how they met three years ago. She speaks with so much conviction that it might have been yesterday. On the suggestion of a mutual friend, Cynthia called Irving, and they decided to meet for dinner that night. When she saw him, she immediately remembered spotting him across the room at the community s annual gala. "We spoke the same language," he says, referring to their similar backgrounds and interests. "We had this thing with music," he adds. Mr. Goldston plays the piano, while Mrs. Goldston sings, often for fellow residents. The pair also does the voiceover announcements for Brooksby s TV station, and she directed one of last year s Theatre at the Pond plays. "You never know what we re going to do," Mr. Goldston muses. Musical match Music and theater brought together another of Brooksby s most well-known couples, John Murphy and Joan Pappalardo. The pair met while rehearsing forLove Rides the Rails, Theatre at the Pond s first production three years ago. Murphy played the villain, while Pappalardo played the queen. At the time, Murphy was caring for his wife, who was ill. Pappalardo provided the support of a friend and the medical knowledge of a former nurse. "Joan was always so uplifting," Murphy recalls. After his wife died, Pappalardo became a more central figure in his life. "It s a simple closeness. We don t have any real conflict . . . of course, I wish she were a few inches taller," Murphy jokes. He and Pappalardo often get comments about the difference in their height, as Murphy stands 6 5" and Pappalardo, 5 1". The couple have been an item for about two years, living in separate apartments with calendars full of activities they do both together and apart. Murphy sings with the Brooksby Gentlemen, Mishuwum Choral Society, and Protestant Choir. He also hosts Brooksby s TV quiz show,Whaddya Know? Pappalardo is a regular at the TV station, too, interviewing Brooksby s medical center staff and others regarding health issues. The couple often appear together on TV and at the Cider House Pub for karaoke. Adventuresome duos As active as the two couples are at Brooksby, they also do plenty of jet-setting. Since they married last year, the Goldstons have gone to Washington, D.C.; Florida; Bermuda; and Alaska. In addition, they have a Mediterranean cruise planned for this spring. In the past couple of years, Murphy and Pappalardo have gone to Bermuda, Italy, and Walt Disney World, among other destinations. "We re making up for lost time," Pappalardo says. A different kind of love Though both couples were happily married to other people for many years before they were widowed, they say the love they have found now is different from the love they shared with spouses they met as young people. "Mature love is an entirely different thing it s so wonderful," Pappalardo says. Says Mrs. Goldston: "It s a closeness that bonds two people more than when you re young. Togetherness, it keeps you in love." Both couples make no secret of their affection for their partners, saying "I love you" often. They share families and are clearly one another s biggest fan. "I love him more today than I did the first time I saw him," Mrs. Goldston says. "He s my rock."