Deer Isle, ME
Fulton & Erma, Deer Isle, ME — Married 1937

RF:
What's being lost?

Fulton:
Real love.

RF:
Define "real" love.

Fulton:
Real love is...

Erma:
Stable.

Fulton:
Not holding grudges.  For one thing.  To stand by your partner no matter what they do, and caring for them.  No matter what happens.

RF:
Can you have real love the way you defined it, and not be married?

Fulton:
Yes, you could have it and still not be married, but I don't think it would really mean so much.  When you are married, you have that obligation.  To really look after each other.  And to love each other.  If you’re not married—well, as you often see nowadays—people will be living together... and some other person, either a man or a woman, will come into the life of one of the people, and if they’re not married, they feel, “well, heck.  Goodbye, I’m gone.”  There’s no obligation to stay together.

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