HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been said, sung and professed time and time again – love is the answer; love is all you need; love can build a bridge; love is a battlefield.
We met some forever Valentines who can certainly attest to the latter.
Dean Martin’s Memories are Made of This topped the charts back when Mavis and Bill Morris fell in love. In addition to celebrating 56 years of marriage the couple’s most recent accomplishment was being crowned king at queen at the Magnolia Trace Retirement Community’s Valentine Dance.
“It’s fantastic, we’ve had a wonder life,” says Mavis Morris. “No regrets,” her husband chimed in.
The time-tested couple says genuine one-on-one connection and commitment is key. A virtue they say is lacking these days with younger couples.
“When they are sitting across the table from each other talking on their smart phones – hey look at me I want to say something,” Bill smiled. “Yes,” started Mavis, “I have all the love letters he sent me while he was in the Navy and that’s something young people don’t have today.”
“And you can’t always do that on Facebook or Twitter,” says Andy Setlow. The former Airman and his wife Marylin have been married 60 years.
“To each other,” Mr. Setlow smarted.
These two met over a game of “wink ’em”.
“Somebody winked and I started to get up and she,” Andy yielded to his boon companion: “I just grabbed him, looked down at him and said, ‘relax, you’re not going anywhere,” Marylin finished.
For the Setlows, longevity in love comes down to three simple phrases:
“Please, thank you and I’m sorry – and that works,” says Andy.
When they first fell in love 65 years ago, Barbara Robinson called her husband Al by a different name.
“I called him Albie,” chuckled Robinson, “and he called me his kitten.”
Keeping the romance and chivalry alive seems to be a sticking point for Kitty and Albie’s success.
“Well, Al bought me a dozen red roses which is always nice, and a very cute Valentine’s Day card,” Barbara smiled.
Doris and Thomas Kennemer will celebrate 62 years together in 2014. While they say there is no real formula for wedded bliss, we asked them where young folks are missing the mark these days.
“They are not saying ‘I’m sorry’ – I think that is the most important thing,” Doris Kennemer offered. “You know that you’re going to do or say things you shouldn’t – it’s just natural.”
“There are days when you may not like your spouse, but never ever stop loving your spouse,” added Mavis Morris.
4 different couple, 4 desperate lives and loves – but one thing they all hold in common; an undying dedication to one another.
“We married to stay together forever,” said Doris Kennemer, “or as long as life permits.”