It was English that got us together. It was in our destiny that we were going to be here in the States speaking the language.

 

Betty and I are from the same city. We met at the language institute when she was 16 and I was 18, but we didn’t know each other before that. Even though our families were living about a mile apart and knew each other; we did not. Betty went to a girls’ school and I went to a boys’ school, so we didn’t meet until we went to the language institute.

We were good friends for a year. Then things kind of got in such a way that we started going out and became serious.  We dated for seven years before we were able to get married. We couldn’t get married over in Argentina because she was going to school and I was going to school, so we were not going to live with our parents. That was not an option. On December 30th it will be 44 years since we got married, almost 51 since we met. It was English that got us together. It was in our destiny that we were going to be here in the States speaking the language.

 Betty and I were together for those years of medical school. Deciding to come to the United States for surgical training and residency was a very challenging time in our lives, because we would be moving from one country to another. Our original idea was to eventually go back to Argentina and work there, but things happened and Betty and I decided that we were going to stay and work here in Des Moines.

Adjusting To Life In The United States