Seventy Years with the Same Valentine: Kittay House Seniors Still Sing to Each Other Daily
You might say that when George Hauss first met Natalie, he really fell for her. With a huge grin on his face, George recounted how he literally tripped on a pair of rubber galoshes upon entering his friend’s apartment for a party – the very gathering where he was introduced to the woman of his dreams. “He also fell for an older woman,” exclaims his bride, Natalie, of 70 years.
This sweet couple has special memories of their very first date, which had promptly followed their fortuitous meeting.
“I invited her out for New Year’s. We went to Times Square and stood in the freezing cold. I think I fell in love with her right then and there.” When asked if he kissed her at midnight, he pauses and smiles, “I should think so!”
An engagement followed soon thereafter, and in a matter of months, Natalie and George were wed in a traditional church ceremony in New Jersey.
George, who turns 90 later this month, made it clear about his role in their marriage. “I happen to be the boss in this family. I put my foot down and she steps on it.” Natalie, 92, laughs and explains “he’s always such a jokester.”
Putting the laughter aside, Natalie says, “To this day, I can’t stop loving him. He’s the dearest thing I have in the world.”
In an ironic twist, the couple separated for a very brief period of time after 30 years of marriage. She was in New York, and he was in Florida. George says, “Something stupid split us apart. But after coaxing from our son, I agreed to see her when I came up to New York to take care of some business.” He grins and adds, “Once I saw her, I never went to the appointment and that was it.”
They have been tenants at Kittay since November and are enjoying their new home and the many activities that are available. Among their favorites is the Wednesday night “Happy Hour with Bernie.” Pianist and entertainer extraordinaire, Bernie Katzman, tickles the ivories and encourages tenants to join in.
Singing to each other is nothing new for this charming couple. Sometimes inspired by one of their conversations or a comment made on TV, these love birds always have a song in their heart and make sure to sing to each other every day.
This romantic twosome will celebrate Valentine’s Day by dining out as part of a very long-standing tradition, and George will give her a card as he’s always done.
George shrugs and smiles, “She means everything to me.”
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