Longest Married Couple in the World Shares Their Secrets

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Whenever I hear a couple has made it past the 20-year mark of their marriage, I start to revere them. Marriage is hard. And making it to 20 years, let alone 50, is incredibly difficult. Well one couple puts them all to shame.

Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher have been married 87 years. They lived together through the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam. They saw the moon landing and their story is sweet and enduring and lovely. But it isn't romantic.

When asked why they decided to marry, it was because Zelmyra “did not give [Herbert] any trouble” and Herbert “was not much to look at ... [but] he was quiet and kind.”

Not what you would expect, right? And yet it is.

Marriage is wonderful, rich, and so very important, but at times, it isn't romantic. It's a partnership and a team, and it can be the best thing in the world, but if you want constant dazzling, then maybe you're looking at the wrong things.

The Fishers were married on May 13, 1924 and are now 105 and 103. Their secrets are:

Everyone who plants a seed and harvests the crop celebrates together. We are individuals, but accomplish more together. Remember marriage is not a contest -- never keep a score. God has put the two of you together on the same team to win.

I couldn't agree more. I only hope that my husband and I live to celebrate our 86th anniversary. And now it's only 79 years away!

What is your secret to lasting marriage?

 

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