LOCAL—Martha and Jarvis met as children on the playground. They lived on the same block, went to the same schools, and attended universities in the same city, all the while maintaining a close friendship. It was always platonic, never romantic.
But 250 witnesses were in attendance as all that abruptly ended on Saturday in a ceremony of holy matrimony.
“I cried, of course,” said Jarvis Till’s mother, Bernice. “What mother wouldn’t? To have her grow up in our home like my own daughter. It will take some getting used to… thinking of her—and them—differently.”
“Oh, we’ll always be friends,” said the bride, now Martha Till. “I just couldn’t see things continuing for much longer with things the way they used to be. This gives me hope for some kind of new future together.”
“We changed a lot over the years,” Jarvis added, “both as individuals and as a pair. I think life demands you to change the nature of your relationship. Things begin, things end. I will sincerely miss what we once had together, but it could only last so long.”