Short-lived relationships are gradually becoming a norm in recent times, no thanks to westernization and the social media.
Marriage could be either a piece of cake or a bottle of vinegar depending on the approach people take towards it.
An old couple who just celebrated their 88th marriage anniversary has revealed the secret behind their long-lived union.
The love-struck duo who stay at an assisted living facility, Pilgrim Manor, in Grand Rapids, Michigan shared a piece of cake yet to mark their anniversary.
Donald and Vivian Hart, both 99 years old, got married in what they described as a small wedding in 1937.
Speaking to ABC News, Donald recalled how he celebrated alongside his bride with the song “’When Your Hair Has Turned to Silver” by Perry Como.
“Now we fulfilled the song we’ve been singing. It seems to have come so suddenly,” he said.
“Is my hair silver now?” Vivian Hart playfully asked while touching her hair.
She explained that “music is special” to them, which made the spontaneous moment when Donald Hart serenaded her with a rendition of Bing Crosby’s “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” at their anniversary celebration even more magical.
“I used to sing it quite a bit when we were going together,” Donald Hart recalled of their relationship. “It was the song that came to mind on our anniversary.”
Their great-granddaughter, Andi Ripley, said it was really special to be able to honor her great-grandparents on their big day after all they’ve done for the family.
“It’s special because of how much they have poured into their family’s life,” Ripley, 28, said. “There are no strangers to their family so being able to honor them for the years they’ve hosted us is just really sweet. My grandma always says ‘This is a little piece of heaven’ every time the family is together.
On the secret to their successful marriage, the couple dished out some pieces of advice which included being honest with your partner.
Donald said: “Make sure the relationship is honest. Try to do what’s right in God’s eyes.
“It’s good to laugh together. Have fun with each other, but don’t make jokes at the expense of the other.”
Vivian added: “Always be sure to put God first in your life. Be always willing to help and stay alert to your spouse. We have prayer every day together in the morning and the night. We don’t keep our mind on our troubles.”
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