Lessons on love from local sweethearts (GALLERY)

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

She calls him mama if she calls him anything. He visits her every day to feed her, brush her teeth, make sure she drinks enough and soothe her if she becomes agitated.

“I feel if you have a real good husband or a real good wife — real good — if they get sick, you’re supposed to look after them,” Charles says.

He never skips a day. An internal alarm goes off about 11 a.m. and sends him up the street to visit.

She put up with him for 57 years, he says, smiling. Now it’s his turn.

When she’s agitated she calls for her mama.

He pats her soothingly and answers, “I’m right here. I’m right here.” That makes her feel better.

As much as he gives her now, he could never repay her for the gift she gave him when they were first together, he said.

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