Wednesday, June 01, 2005

80th Wedding Anniversary

Secret of longest marriage is saying 'sorry' : "LONDON (Reuters) - A British couple who hold the world record for the longest marriage said Wednesday their success was down to a glass of whisky, a glass of sherry and the word 'sorry.' Percy and Florence Arrowsmith married on June 1, 1925 and will celebrate their 80th anniversary Wednesday.

The Guinness World Records said Tuesday the couple held the title for the longest marriage and also for the oldest married couple's aggregate age.

"I think we're very blessed," Florence, 100, told the BBC. "We still love one another, that's the most important part." Asked for their secret, Florence said you must never be afraid to say "sorry."

And from the New York Times: "A British husband and wife revealed the secrets of the longest marriage of any living couple on Wednesday as they celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary -- don't sleep on an argument, always share a kiss and hold hands before going to bed... The Arrowsmiths, who have three children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, claim the key to their long marriage is not to go to sleep on an argument. They say they always kiss each other and hold hands each night before going to bed. ''He can't settle down if I'm not holding his hand,'' Mrs. Arrowsmith was quoted as saying last month. The couple's daughter Jane Woolley said her parents were both ''very perky.'' ''She (Mrs. Arrowsmith) says she can't dance any longer but it feels good to have been married for 80 years. She says she can still have a drink,'' Woolley said. Guinness World Records said the pair held records for the longest marriage for a living couple and the oldest aggregate age of a married couple.

"You must never go to sleep bad friends," she said, while Percy, 105, said his secret to marital bliss was just two words: "yes dear." The couple have three children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and are planning a party soon. "I like sherry at lunch time and whisky at night and I'm looking forward very much to my party," said Florence."
My parents celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary June 14.

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