In our local paper today, there was a long article about a couple who were “the longest married couple” in the country. It was pretty interesting because they grew up across the street from each other and fell in love. Then her father wanted her to marry someone else he had in mind so the couple eloped. That was over eighty years ago. Yep, you read that right. You see a lot of couples celebrating their 50th or 60th and I haven’t heard any around the 70th, but eighty years?
So of course someone asked them what accounted for their marital longevity and the answers were pretty simple:
“We just live with contentment and we don’t live beyond our means,” John Betar said. “Just go with the flow.” John’s now 101 years old and Ann is 97. The photo showed both of them smiling. They’re still living in their home along the Fairfield, CT. shore and enjoy watching their grandchildren and great grandchildren grow. John opened a grocery store in Bridgeport after they married.
Family is the key to their longevity, they said. They had five children and now have fourteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. “That’s what makes life what it is,” Ann Betar said. “We were fortunate enough to live long enough to see this. . . and it’s really one of the most gratifying things in the world to see your great-grandchildren, to see your grandchildren become adults.”
John Betar added, “That’s what keeps us alive. We live for them.”
Sounds like a great plan to me: live with contentment and within your means. Go with the flow and enjoy seeing your family grow up. I’ll second that.