The Clines’ 61st Valentine’s Day together
February 14, 2011 by Chris Dunn
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of photographing what could have been a scene straight out of When Harry Met Sally.
No — it wasn’t anything like the Katz’s Deli scene or Harry and Sally’s various skirmishes. Rather, as I watched this elderly couple enter the room together and listened to them share their story with a reporter, I immediately thought of those scenes featuring older couples telling the camera how they met.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all, young and old.
© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Having removed his bride Elaine's garter just over 60 years ago, James Cline places a garter back on her leg on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at HCR ManorCare Dallastown where they both live. James, 90, and Elaine, 84, married 11 months after they met; James claims it was love at first sight.
© 2011 by The York Dispatch. James Cline clasps his wife Elaine's hand as they watch a presentation of photos showing them throughout the years, on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at HCR ManorCare Dallastown. James calls their constant hand-holding "a love transfusion."
© 2011 by The York Dispatch. HCR ManorCare Dallastown administrator Ginny Johnson, center, gently tells Elaine and James Cline that they need to let go of each other's hands so their wheelchairs can be steered to another part of the dining room where they will renew their vows, on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. The Clines have lived at HCR ManorCare Dallastown since May 2008, and have their beds pushed together so they can hold hands as they sleep.
© 2011 by The York Dispatch. James Cline tearfully gazes at his wife Elaine after they, with family and friends, viewed a presentation of photos showing the couple throughout the years, on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at HCR ManorCare Dallastown.
© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Elaine and James Cline listen as minister Dale Young reads from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 before they renewed their vows on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at HCR ManorCare Dallastown.