A love story that spans decades
Published: February 13, 2007 | 5535th good news item since 2003
The two met as children at the roller skating rink in Marietta when January Adams was 12 years old and Randy Hines was 15.
“For me, it was love at first sight,” Adams (now Hines) said. “For him, he thought I was too young. We were just friends for a long time.”
In the decades since, there have been countless twists and turns of life for this couple. First friends, then best friends. They dated when she was 16, then became a couple, then separated. He moved from Marietta to Florida for college. Both married others and later, both divorced. She is the mother of two daughters, he is a the father of one.
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at, change,” January Hines said.
Finally, the couple, who both grew up in Marietta and knew one another for many years, re-connected.
“Truthfully, you know the true love of your life,” she said. “He’s still my best friend.”
Randy Hines and January Adams, both originally of Marietta and now of Albuquerque, New Mexico, married Jan. 29, 2006, and at long last, are looking forward to “happily ever after.”
“We have such a good thing going, it’s almost unreal,” Hines said recently. “We work together, play together, and enjoy one another’s company.”
Cheryl Sauls, January’s mother, couldn’t be happier.
“I really miss her, but they belong together,” Sauls, of Marietta, said. “She has always been my heart.”
Her daughter never lost track of Randy Hines, Sauls said.
“She stayed close to his mom, and their friendship never seemed to diminish,” she said. “He treats her like a princess on a pillow.”
When they were teenagers, the telephone was the cord between Adams and Hines.
“We’d be on the phone for hours,” January said. “I watched him work on his car and he was interested in talking about it. We talked about the car, school, and about life.”
When she was 18 years old, the two were a couple for over two years, but later broke up.
“At the time I didn’t know that we both had some living and growing to do,” January Hines said.
After he moved to Florida, she remained close to his mother, visiting often, especially at Christmas and Mother’s Day.
“Those two were just meant to be together,” Donna (Hines) Rowley, of Marietta, said. “It started for them many years ago. Now they seem so happy. They are as much in love now as when they were kids.”
Hines, who remarried after her first husband died, has four sons, and stayed close to January when Randy moved first to Florida, then to Albuquerque, N.M.
“In fact, I went to her wedding and bought her first set of pots and pans,” she said. “At the wedding I told her that she was supposed to have been my daughter-in-law.”
It would be almost 20 years later before that happened.
Today January Hines is 41, Randy Hines, 44.
“They went their separate ways,” Donna Hines said. “He would come home for Christmas and January would come over to see us and say hello. She always kept in touch.”
January Hines trains horses and has found her perfect life in New Mexico with Hines and her two daughters, Essence Lael and Ivory Noel. Randy’s daughter, Hailey, lives with her mother but visits the family often, she said.
Over the years, Hines said he thought of January often.
“When I first met her, I thought she was cute. She’s still cute, but she’s also beautiful,” he said. “For us, this was the right time.”
Hines believes their love was always meant to be.
“The first one is the right one,” he said. “Look back into your past and see if something hasn’t been closed. See if something is still there, waiting.”