Ed: Some people love driving and some don’t. I got my driver’s license when I was 17. I drove my parents’ VW bus with manual transmission and enough room to squeeze nine of us plus our dog into seven seats. In college, I bought a big old black Impala. I could fit everything I owned in it. I enjoyed driving. I loved cars, so when I graduated, I accepted a job with GM.
Leonor: I grew up in New York City. I used subways to get around. A car was a pain to park, and traffic was terrible. Senior year in college, job applications asked for my driver’s license, so I took a driver’s ed class and got a license. I bought a used compact car and filled it with my belongings. I drove two hours to my new job. It was my first long-distance drive. I hated every minute.
Ed: Since Leonor’s family lived in New York City and my sisters lived in the Philly and Baltimore areas, we visited a lot. I drove, Leonor navigated. We used the drive time to plan adventures and talk about our childhoods. We enjoyed getting to know each other better.
Leonor: When our sons came along, we made sure to make the drives fun. We played “On The Road Again” by Willie Nelson as we began our trips, sang, played games and stopped at fun places.
Ed: Our sons are grown, but we continue our drives. We use the time to explore our dreams for our future, remember the past and to keep learning more about each other. We realize that whether we like to drive or not doesn’t really matter. What matters is what we do with that time that helps keep us on the road together after all these years.
Leonor “Leo” and Ed Rivera are members of the local Worldwide Marriage Encounter community. To learn more about Worldwide Marriage Encounter, visit www.wwme.org. To read more of Leo and Ed’s blogs, visit https://catholiccourier.com/viewpoints/blogs/to-have-and-to-hold.