Del and Harriet Del Filardi and Harriet Rubin met on a hockey field in 1969. Both were physical education teachers and coaches at the time. It was a different era and being openly gay in the school systems was definitely not the norm. Del's pickup line: "Would you like to come into my office and have a smoke?" Harriet answered, "I'll come into your office, but I don't smoke." And so it began. Del remembered, "It was 1969. Nobody was out. You went to clubs in New York to dance but you were always afraid of being raided. You kept everything secret and circulated discretely." When asked what has changed, Harriet quipped, "Even pretty women are lesbians." After years of being discreet, the women were able to marry on the deck of their home in the state of Massachusetts on Bastille Day, July 14th, 2002. Del recalled the joyous day when they went to the town hall in Provincetown to get their marriage license. Many friends were lined up for licenses and crowds were celebrating on the outside when the couples exited. It was an invigorating time. Del's sister's reaction to the news of the nuptials, "Well after all these years, now I finally know what to call Harriet....my sister-in-law." Both women retired from teaching and are pursuing a life together in the arts. Del claimed it was the best thing she has ever done. For twenty years they owned and operated the Blue Heron Gallery in the town of Wellfleet on Cape Cod. They have since sold the gallery, but it is still considered one of the finest galleries on Cape Cod. Del is an award-winning sculptor, known for her work in metal and steel and intricately detailed creations. Her "Birds of Endangered Species" capture the understanding of grace and movement born from Del's M.A. degree in dance from Columbia University. After years of hauling her scrap metal to the recycle facility, Del has begun to use these extra pieces to create abstracts that coincidently also resemble bird forms. Harriet finds her expression in the form of clay and Raku Pottery, a process using fire and smoke to create unpredictable patterns and designs. They are quite the pair. When asked what the secret is staying together for 43 years, the first answer was, "Don't fall down the steps." Del is currently recovering from a fall down a flight of stairs last year where she broke her hand, wrist, clavicle, nose and neck. Harriet recalls what a difficult time the recovery has been for both of them, but with the support of many dear friends, they are pulling through. Curiously enough, they actually began living together years ago when Harriet was recovering from a car accident. Del carried her to the elevator and down to the car to take her home to convalesce and then returned to carry down the cats....despite the fact that she was terrified of them. Being in the company of these colorful women, it is clearly evident that even after 43 years, their love for each other beats loud and strong. Harriet said, "We love each other very much. We've never had to work at it. It's easy."