Monday, September 14, 2009

My favorite love story. Buddy Grass and Peggy

I was on a mission to find and photograph the best gumbo in all of Southern Alabama.

With the help of local guides, a handful of friendly natives that sketched directions on a restaurant napkin, I found myself driving down a hot and hazy Route 163 towards Dauphin Island.

My destination was a little fishery called, ‘Buddy Grass Seafood’, a tiny green building tucked behind a house and accessible by a little dirt road. On a previous exploration of the area, I had tried to stop at this eccentric shop but it was closed, so I decided to give it another go-around. This time I was lucky.

Well, kind of lucky…no gumbo. I could only purchase fresh crawfish and seafood and I had no stove or cooler, so I just asked to take photos and questioned the pleasant workers about the owner Buddy Grass.

The story I heard was an unexpected love story of two old friends reunited after 60 years and are deeply in love with each other. Buddy Grass and Peggy were old family friends that would go boating together. Peggy admits, ‘that she always had a crush on Buddy’, at the time he was a handsome 20 year old preparing to leave for World War II.

And so he did leave for the war and their lives separated for almost 60 years. Both married other partners, had kids and lived their lives with honesty and love. A few years back, both Buddy and Peggy lost their partners and were again left alone, but did not contact each other.

As it happened, Peggy was selling an old black truck that she no longer needed. Buddy Grass and one of his employees who was in need of a new car caught wind of the sell and decided to trek out to southern Mississippi to take a look. And there, Peggy and Buddy Grass reunited and fell instantly in love and have stayed together ever since. Now they split there time between her house in southern Mississippi and Buddy Grass’s sweet home on route 163.

Watching them together is incredible. Two happy people nearing 80 and totally in love. It makes you realize that you never know what possibilities are around the bend… even at 80!


SK said...

What an amazing love story! Thank you for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

That is my grand-poo-pa,as I used to call him as a kid. They are so happy together and are lucky to have found one another. Thanks for sharing this story,my grandpa is my hero!

Anonymous said...

Such a sweet and lovely couple I had the pleasure of actually meeting them and when they told me their story it gave me little goosebumps :) They was such a joy to sit and talk to, This lovely couple really show the true meaning of LOVE!!!!!!! SO take care Mr Buddy and Ms Peggy!!!!!!!!!