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Arden Peters (left): ''I first met Warren in Wal-Mart. They've got a little restaurant where you can drink coffee. My wife and I used to go mornings. One day, I went alone because my wife was sick. Warren came over and asked after her. I told him she had Alzheimer's and just wasn't in a mental state to go. And he sat down and started talking. That was years ago. At the time, I thought I could take care of my wife on my own, but it got to the point that somebody had to be here 24 hours. Warren volunteered. He helped take care of the home and did the cooking. I just don't know what I would have done without him. My wife is gone now. And now we're back at Wal-Mart. We do the shopping together. We work together. It makes me feel useful.''
Warren De Witt (right): ''That's Wal-Mart, where we met three years ago. One thing led to another. He needed help, so I started staying there nights. And I've been staying there now for the last year and a half. I don't know how to explain it -- I just wanted to be around them. That day, we were buying Tide. Mrs. Peters was still alive then, and we did everything to keep her bed things clean. These days, Arden goes with me, but I'm the one buying things for the house. I don't mind. I enjoy being with him no matter what we are doing. He's my best friend.''
New York Times Magazine, The Way We Live Now: 11-26-00; What They Were Thinking, by Catherine Saint Louis
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