Mr. Murray spoke the same way. “When she held my hand it felt like I was coming home – she made me feel calm,” he said. “I am a nurturer and a caring person. She became the one I wanted to pay attention to, help and love.
The following year and a half was filled with Mr Murray’s monthly visit and Ms Stevenson who formed a relationship with Mr Murray’s sons Jontae, 22, and Joshua, 26, and his father, John Stevens Murray, 82. at Ms. Stevenson’s hospital, family trips to Aylen Lake, Ontario, Canada, and trips to jewelers to find wedding rings.
In December 2019, Ms Stevenson fell ill. Two months went by without a diagnosis, which Ms Stevenson said could have been Covid-19.
“It was scary; we didn’t know what was wrong,” Murray said. “Kim has had multiple strokes. It was scary too. His cerebral palsy is part of his life. Now, that’s it. part of both of our lives. There are challenges, but they’re worth it. Her wit, wit, and creativity trump all the rest.
In March 2020, Ms Stevenson and her mother, Cecelia Carelock, traveled to Qatar to celebrate her mother’s birthday. The pandemic followed a few weeks later. Once they were able to return to the United States, Ms Stevenson was quarantined with her parents who live in Springfield, Massachusetts. Imposed closures and travel restrictions prevented her from returning home until June.
“I haven’t seen John for 101 days,” she said. “It was torture.”
A proposal came on August 30, 2020, the anniversary of their first date, which they recreated, right down to guacamole at the table, served at their favorite Mexican restaurant, Plaza Azteca. When Mrs. Stevenson returned from the toilet, a ring was on the table; Mr. Murray was crying. Ms. Stevenson did the same when she said yes.