With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, Zumbro decided to showcase some of the romantic love found in the congregation. Zumbro member Bob Morse is hosting the Adult Forum on Sunday called, “After 50 Years, Are You Still My Valentine?” He will interview Zumbro couples that have been married more than 50 years. We were able to get ahold of the couples’ names, and thought we would give you a ‘taste’ of what’s to come on Sunday … with a twist.
We are keeping the identities of the couple we interviewed a secret; see if you can guess who they are based on their answers!
What date were you married? How long have you been married?
- His answer: “June 17, 1955″
- Her answer: “We have been married for 59½ years, since June 17, 1955.”
How would you describe your wedding day?
- Her answer: “It was a very fun day–just one week after I had graduated from college. I had several of my friends who had come from out of town staying with me that week.”
How did you know your spouse was the right one for you?
- Her answer: “We had dated for four years, since our senior year in high school, and I felt like we really knew each other.”
- His answer: “We had been dating since senior year in high school. Although separated by 200 miles during college, we kept up a writing correspondence (very) regularly.”
What was the best piece of marriage advice you ever received?
- His answer: “You are in this for the long haul. Make it work.”
- Her answer: “Be willing to listen.”
What has energized your marriage?
- Her answer: “Participating in activities such as choir, travels together and with our families, enjoying food, both preparing and eating. Also, engaging with friends, playing Bridge, exchanging times to entertain with friends. And especially spending time with our families, children, and grandchildren.”
- His answer: “Trips, family, date nights and other similar interests like skiing, music, etc.”
Was religion ever discussed or a ‘factor’ while you were dating?
- His answer: “Not much. Our family upbringing was strong with religion assumption. Her father was a Methodist pastor with attitudes a bit ahead of the rest of his church.”
- Her answer: “Yes, as just one of the many things we discussed.”
Do you have a division of chores? How so?
- Her answer: “We do have division of chores, and it usually depends on time, difficulty of chore needing to be done, or just a general trying to keep things equal and comfortable. It has definitely changed over the years according to outside employment, retirement, etc.”
- His answer: “Yes. All along we divided things according to each other’s time commitments. Such things as some cooking, clean up in kitchen and some of rest of home, care of children (mostly her).”
Does communicating get easier with time?
- His answer: “No. It’s always a challenge and expect that to the end.”
- Her answer: “Yes.”
Any guess on who these lovebirds are? Find out on Sunday at the Adult Forum and hear from other long-married couples.