Happy 80th anniversary, Percy & Florence

Howie and I have been married 13 years. We’ve seen so many of our peers’ marriages fail in that time, and it saddens us. But there’s good news – there are still those out there who know how it’s done. I think this couple’s one of them:


From IOL.ca.za comes this story of enduring love:

London – A British couple recognised as having had the world’s longest marriage ever recorded were celebrating their 80th anniversary on Wednesday, and revealed the secret to wedded bliss as never letting arguments fester.

Or, as 105-year-old Percy Arrowsmith put it more succinctly, the regular use of two words: “Yes, dear”.

Arrowsmith and his 100-year-old wife, Florence, were married on June 1, 1925, around the time a little-known politician, Adolf Hitler, was putting the finishing touches to Mein Kampf.

A series of newspapers featured their story on Wednesday, with Mrs Arrowsmith attributing the success of their union to hard work and never going to bed with an argument unresolved.

“It has not been easy, but worth every minute because he is much more than my best friend: he is the love of my life,” she said.

“We don’t argue much these days, only when I want to watch the soaps (soap operas) on television, which he hates.”

The Arrowsmiths have been certified as record-holders by the Guinness Book Of World Records, the reports added, beating a Japanese couple who stayed together for 78 years and 296 days from 1926.

2 thoughts on “Happy 80th anniversary, Percy & Florence

  1. And I though being married for 25 years was a LONG time. One thing I have to agree on – Have your arguement and get on with life. Letting the annoyance fester only causes it to putrify. the situation will never clear up on it’s own. Who was it (Ruth Bell Graham ??) that said ??”Murder I’ve considered, Divorce – NEVER!”???

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