Here is an interview with my folks, Don and Alma, on how to get to 60 years of marriage and be so in love. Love is always in fashion, isn’t it?
Hope you enjoy!
Don and Alma on 60 Years of Marriage, 2011
What qualities are necessary to be married 60 years?
Don: Have a positive attitude. Humor goes along with that.
Alma: We had the ability to laugh at ourselves.
Don: Take a day at a time. If you have a down day, wait 48 hours. The sun will shine again.
Why did you marry Don?
I just knew he’d make these real cute babies.
Why did you marry Alma?
She had a wonderful smile, a wonderful disposition and was fun to be with. I was looking forward to a mate and togetherness.
Why it works
Alma: We’re each other’s best friends. We can trust each other and bare our souls.
Don: And have an honest discussion.
Alma: There’s always someone there to help you whether it’s physical or emotional.
Don and Alma: We’ve been lucky and we’ve been blessed. We’ve had lots of good friends all our life and good family to back us up.
Don: We’re always concerned about each other.
Alma: We worry about each other. That’s the sad part that happens now and then.
Best tools for getting through tough times
Alma: We’re more optimists than pessimists. If one gets down, the other one pulls us up.
Don appreciates Alma for …
She finds the clothes for me to wear so I depend on that and her cleanliness in our home.
Alma appreciates Don for …
I’m real content going with him in a car because I think he’s a very good driver.
Don and Alma: We always have something to talk about. We love staying up until one in the morning with the lights out and music on and just visiting. When we reminisce, it’s about the good things, not the bad. We omit the bad things that have happened and remember the good times.
Alma: I thought after two weeks of marriage we wouldn’t have anything to talk about.
Don: That’s a good one! That is absolutely precious!
Their advice to others
Don: Enjoy life!
Alma: We’re thankful for every day and look forward to many more. We’ll never get enough.