Ask Caryn Moser the secret to a happy marriage and you get two words: “Oh, my!”
Though she has been married to Robert Moser for nearly 42 years, you can tell she thinks that’s a large question. But she comes up with an answer.
“Trying to make each other happy,” she said. “We’ve had the everyday things that you tackle, and each year you tackle more and you’re happy to be able to do it together.”
Caryn and her husband, who live in North Bend, Neb., are thankful for their bond. At anniversary time each year, they demonstrate that gratitude with a contribution to The World Herald’s Goodfellows. Last year, it was $41, one dollar for each year.
Caryn said it’s a gift to each other, but it’s also a gift for someone else. Goodfellows uses every dollar donated to provide one-time emergency aid and holiday meal certificates for needy people in the community.
The Mosers believe in doing their part. They also give to the Open Door Mission around the holidays and help in relief efforts whenever disaster strikes — 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the recent typhoon in the Philippines.
“We are not wealthy,” Caryn said, “but there are people who need more than we do. We’re thankful for what we have.”
The couple — she is in her 60s and her husband is in his 70s — are “just tired, not retired,” Caryn jokes. She cleans houses, and her husband is a truck driver.
She said they knew each other for a long time before they started dating, maybe even back to when she moved to North Bend at age 10. They married at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend and have four children: Robert Jr., Michael, Ann and Anthony.
On Wednesday, they’ll celebrate another anniversary day — and another dollar in their Goodfellows gift.