Dobry Wiśniewski, 103, and Estera Symanski, 100, were only just married when the German invasion of Poland destroyed their village and separated the newlyweds. Thanks to modern technology, however, the couple has finally had a chance to reunite after more than 80 long years apart. The couple reunited on Zoom last week for a much-anticipated live reading of the season 3 Parks and Recreation episode “Harvest Festival.”
“There you go, Li’l Sebastian.” said Wiśniewski (reading for Jerry) to his beloved Estera whom he has not stopped loving in his 75 years of yearning. “Who’s a good little show horse?
Although the couple had since remarried, they never forgot one another, and still treasure their original wedding rings. The rings were featured prominently on the Zoom call which aired exclusively on NBC’s streaming service Peacock. Though they both had children and grandchildren with their new spouses, Wiśniewski and Symanski were incredibly proud to have their children on the live Zoom as well, there to read stage directions.
“When I was an eighteen year-old mayor, I tried to build a winter sports complex called Ice Town. It bankrupted the city,” Symanski (reading for Ben) said with a thick Polish accent, tears falling down her cheeks worn with grief at the sight of her darling Dobry. Though he has aged, she will always recognize that boyish smile. For it was the one she dreamt of every night. “I was also shortstop of my JV baseball team, but no one ever brings that up!”
Though Wiśniewski and Symanski weren’t paid for their television appearance, they were both grateful to bring home an official NBC-licensed “City of Pawnee” mug. Both vow to pass the merchandise down to their children.