They started their relationship fresh and separated themselves from what was familiar to them. Thus, giving my folks an opportunity to face the trial of a new culture and test out a new set of skills together and alone. They were far from support of either family, close friends or familiar cultural influences. I imagine both families on either side thought they were nuts, but maybe a bit of nuts can be a good thing, a thing that can challenge the status quo and can possibly form a tight bond between two people. It doesn’t take leaving the country or the familiar to strengthen a relation but it does takes endurance, letting go and perseverance through difficult times to fully enjoy the capacity we all have to love another human being. Love you Mom and Pop.