They say an ex is an ex for a reason.. Meaning you should always leave them in the past. Then again, sometimes the timing just isn’t right.
In the case of Lena Henderson and Roland Davis of New York, the two decided it was better to live out their golden years together instead of being alone after being divorced for 48 years.
In 1964 Lena and Roland divorced after four kids and 20 years of marriage.. They then both went their separate ways but kept in contact over the years.
“The way they would act to each other never indicated there was anything but a friendship between them,” says Renita Chadwick, their youngest daughter. “My mother never had a harsh or contrary word to say about my Dad, and my Dad never had anything but loving remarks to make about my mother.”
According to Buffalo News, That friendship would have continued until Roland’s second wife died a few months ago.. At the urging of his daughter who was worried about him being out-of-town alone she urged him to move back to NY with the rest of the family and reconnect with Lena.
At some point, the notion of returning home and being with his ex-wife again took over Roland.
“We were talking on the phone one day and he said, ‘Will you marry me again?” Henderson said.
She acknowledges waiting a few seconds to answer but says it was more out of fun than uncertainty.
“I said well, well … yes,” she said.
Being a little older and a bit forgetful Davis was a bit worried about losing the engagement ring he bought. So he took a little extra precaution on his flight from Colorado Springs to Buffalo, NY.
“I had it pinned to my T-shirt,” he says. “That was a pretty important ring.”
Since then, it’s been nothing but a roller coaster ride of memorable moments.
“Every person I share this story with smiles, cries or laughs,” says his daughter Chadwick. At the golden age of 85 the couple has found love again. When they went for a marriage license at Buffalo City Hall last week, they found an office full of workers cheering them on. ”They kept saying ‘way to go Roland, way to go,’?” Davis says.
The big event is Saturday at Elim Christian Fellowship Church in Central Park Plaza and four generations of family – many of them serving in the wedding party – will be on hand.