A True Milestone
A couple works a little magic in Augusta.
We’d like to extend an open-ended invitation to Marcine and Nita Lou Webb: Please visit the Maine State House again. Better yet, come next January and stay through July!
Let us explain: The Webbs accomplished the nigh on impossible when they celebrated their sixty-fifth anniversary at the State House in June. When House Speaker Mark Eves announced the reason for their visit, all of the representatives stood up and cheered.
That might well be the only time our lawmakers happily agreed on anything this year.
The 2013 legislative session was often ugly, marked by volleys of insults, sometimes crude, between Republican and Democratic legislators and between the legislature and the governor. We marvel that the Webbs traveled all the way from their home in San Angelo, Texas, to celebrate sixty-five years of marital harmony in such a fractious atmosphere. Theirs is a strong marriage, indeed!
As it turns out, the Webbs — Nita Lou is eighty-one and Marcine is eighty-six — are more interested in architecture than the legislative process. Their trip to Augusta completed a decades-long mission to visit every state capitol. In fact, out of fifty state capitol tours, this was the only time they sat in on a legislative session, a consequence of their daughters having made an appointment.
“It was wonderful,” Mrs. Webb says. “Everyone was so gracious.”
Gracious? The Maine State Legislature?
Mr. and Mrs. Webb, you really must come back. In the meantime, we wish you the happiest of anniversaries. — Virginia M. Wright