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PHOTO/SENECA RYAN CO. Newlyweds Cecelia and Mat Maria got married last August.

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STAFF PHOTO/BROOKE WILLIAMS Bunny and Thomas Adams of Nicholson have been married for 42 years.

Each year, Valentine’s Day celebrates the love of couples old and young, all of which have their own unique stories of finding one another.

When Thomas and Bunny Adams first met in 1977, they simply “just clicked.”

Bunny briefly spoke to Thomas for the first time on a Friday night at Last Chance Inn in Factoryville while having pizza with a friend. Later that night, they got to know each other better at Skyview in Nicholson, where a band was playing.

“We danced and danced,” Bunny remembered. “It was on my birthday, as a matter of fact.”

They went their separate ways at the end of the evening, but kept in touch by phone, and soon, they were seeing a lot of each other.

Just four months later on Nov. 19, they got married in Factoryville United Methodist Church.

“We both had been married before,” she said. “He wanted to get married again, I did not. We just clicked. We both knew that night that there was something special going on, and it’s been special ever since.”

The perfect day was followed by a honeymoon in the Poconos.

The couple resided in Factoryville for a few years before buying a home in Nicholson. Their union brought together two children from Thomas’ first marriage and five from Bunny’s first marriage, and now they have quite a few grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well.

Over the years, the couple has enjoyed volunteering together, both in their church and the local community, as well as gardening, canning and making their own jams and jellies.

Bunny, an avid singer, turned her husband on to going to shows, although he never picked up her musical hobby when she tried to teach him.

“There’s always one drawback,” she said. All joking aside, she mainly admires her husband’s kindness.

“He’s always been very kind, not just to me, but to everyone, and I think that’s one of the reasons that I fell in love with him,” she said.

While there’s many qualities to choose from, Thomas appreciates his wife’s honesty the most.

They attribute their 42 years of marriage to making fun memories and how well they get along.

“It’s not a one-sided deal. You have to work at it,” said Thomas, including responsibilities such as cooking and cleaning as examples. “You have to share everything.”

For the Adams family, marriage is about mutual respect and working as a team.

“I wish I was younger so I can do it all over again with her,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mat and Cecelia Maria grew up in neighboring towns, but didn’t meet until years later.

Mat is originally from Factoryville, while Cecelia grew up in Tunkhannock. They believe it was meant to happen this way, and if they met earlier, a different outcome could have been possible.

They first saw each other at a wedding shower in April of 2017 and didn’t talk, but there was a mutual interest. They later connected on Facebook and set up a dinner date at the Warren Hotel in Tunkhannock.

One year later, they got engaged while celebrating their first anniversary.

Cecelia was working in New York and met Mat halfway at a hotel in Milford. While exchanging gifts, he followed up a meaningful card by getting down on one knee.

They tied the knot on Aug. 9, 2019, at the Beaumont Inn in Dallas, then went on a honeymoon to Iceland.

The saying “opposites attract” applies to the couple, with Cecelia being an extrovert and Mat being an introvert. They agreed that these opposing qualities not only make them a good team, but also bring out the best in one another.

While they have different personalities, they share the same sense of humor.

“A lot of stuff can get you down and make life hard and challenging,” she said. “Being able to come home and have someone who makes me laugh every night, that’s what I’ve always wanted. There’s always laughter in our house.”

“We were compatible very effortlessly,” Mat added.

Cecelia and Mat have separate hobbies, but also enjoy spending time together doing DIY projects in their Factoryville home, going on adventures, spending time with each other’s families and just hanging out.

In their time together, the couple has learned the importance of communication, as well as putting in effort, even if it’s just pouring their partner a cup of coffee in the morning.

Making time for each other among the business of life has also been a lesson, they agreed.

Besides the honeymoon, the best part of their marriage so far has been just knowing that every day of their future will be spent together, even if it’s a day filled with mundane tasks.

“You know it’s the person when those things are fun, somehow,” she said.