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Happily Ever After: Married for 50 Years or More

April 27, 2010 | NeW Staff

I thought it would be a nice change to steer clear of the negative things going on in society such as the high divorce rate and college hook-ups and focus on couples who have been happily married for fifty or more years.

Time put together 13 interviews of couples who have been married for fifty or more years and they offer advice, the story of how they met, or insight on how their love has grown.

Here’s a taste of what the couples have to say:

Leila and Jose Ramos
Leila: “Little by little we change but we don’t change in our hearts. Love gets stronger. That is the way I feel. I believe he feels the same way. Yes, he was my first love. My first love and my last.”


Here’s another:

Milton and Sylvia Zisman
Milton: “We met in the Catskills. I was dating Sylvia’s girlfriend. I should say her ex-girlfriend! One of the things about her girlfriend … She was accident prone. For example, this is hard to believe, she walked into an elevator and the elevator had not come to the level and gave herself a concussion. I don’t know how I got on that! I haven’t thought of that in years! I can’t even remember her name because I only had a couple of dates with her. And the fire wasn’t there. You know that real fire! And here was Sylvia — firey as anything.”


I think reading the stories of other happy couples give young people hope for their marriages, and it also helps them to appreciate love itself. These stories, as well as the stories at the end of the movie
When Harry Met Sally, certainly help me to appreciate the uniqueness of everyone’s love story. The more young people read the stories of successful marriages, the more they will realize how love grows and changes. Hopefully, if they realize that love changes, they will be able to cope in difficult times rather than resort to divorce. Modeling good marriages would be a powerful thing in today’s society as opposed to showing celebrities’ divorces and break-ups.

Make sure you read the rest of Time’s article on this! The stories and advice are very endearing.

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