Sunday, June 12, 2011

Longest Married Couple in the World

This is such a wonderful story I had to share it with you!  Aside from the picture of course.  You know me, I love funny cartoons.  Tee hee...

Whenever I hear a couple has made it past the 20-year mark of their marriage, I start to revere them. Marriage is hard. And making it to 20 years, let alone 50, is incredibly difficult. Well one couple puts them all to shame.
Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher have been married 87 years. They lived together through the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam. They saw the moon landing and their story is sweet and enduring and lovely. But it isn't romantic.
When asked why they decided to marry, it was because Zelmyra “did not give [Herbert] any trouble” and Herbert “was not much to look at ... [but] he was quiet and kind.”
Not what you would expect, right? And yet it is.
Marriage is wonderful, rich, and so very important, but at times, it isn't romantic. It's a partnership and a team, and it can be the best thing in the world, but if you want constant dazzling, then maybe you're looking at the wrong things.
The Fishers were married on May 13, 1924 and are now 105 and 103. Their secrets are:
Everyone who plants a seed and harvests the crop celebrates together. We are individuals, but accomplish more together. Remember marriage is not a contest -- never keep a score. God has put the two of you together on the same team to win.
Marrying my best friend 1998
I love this story!  What a treat to read about a couple like this.  My husband and I have been married for almost 13 years and he's still my best friend. I think the key is marrying your best friend vs. just finding the hottest thing that walks past you.  When you get past all the mushy stuff and fireworks, you're gonna need that friendship. 

To avoid a bitter wife shooting me I have to add that I know people can change.  People make bad choices, marriages get broken.  I don't want to be insensitive to that.  They say that divorce is like a death in the family.  :(

What is your secret to lasting marriage?


Chris H said...

For Stew and I a lasting marriage means:
-loving your partner
-loving your children
-being totally honest
-communication no matter what
-never going to bed angry with your husband/wife
-being like minded on the big things in life
-being faithful (clearly that is going to happen if you love each other)
-having fun together
-sharing the tough times
-staying strong as a unit
-trusting each other with everything you hold dear

need I go on? lol

We have been together for 27 years, married for 25... and I do believe we will be together until we pass on.

Virginia Revoir said...

Good advice, Christ! :D