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World's oldest married couple celebrates 80th Valentine's Day together: "Time does fly"

World's oldest married couple celebrates 80th Valentine's Day together: "Time does fly"

John and Charlotte Henderson met each other when they were college students. 85 years down the line, they still can't get enough of each other.

John Henderson, 107, met his wife, Charlotte, 105, in a zoology class at the University of Texas in 1934. He was seated behind her and was immediately smitten. Five years later, they got married to each other. Last November, the lovebirds celebrated their 80th anniversary together. This Valentine's Day, like every single one after they first met each other in college, they celebrated their everlasting love for one another, Today.com reports. John and Charlotte are still incredibly romantic and are an inspiration to us all.

 



 

 

In addition to celebrating eight decades together, the couple also celebrated a monumental Guinness World Records win: they officially became the world's oldest married couple last year. While this is their 80th Valentine's Day together, they've actually been each other's valentines for 85 years now if you count the five years they were going steady before they got married in 1939. "It doesn't seem like it's been that long," John stated. "Time does fly." When you're truly in love with your partner, the years probably just fly by. Ever since they first met each other in a college classroom, they haven't been able to keep their eyes off each other.

 



 

 

John shared, "When I just saw her and got to talking to her, I don't think I ever had another date after that one day in the class." They had met each other right in the middle of the Great Depression, but that didn't stop them. For their first date less than a year after Prohibition had ended, they went out for a Coca-Cola together. Then, the same year that World War II began, they tied the knot. Only two guests attended their wedding ceremony along with their minister. The hotel they stayed at for their honeymoon cost $7 a night at the time. If only weddings were that simple today!

 



 

 

Though they've been together for so long, they still keep the magic alive. Valentine's Day is one of the days they celebrate their undying love for each other. John makes a homemade valentine for his wife every year. "Oh yes, a little love note on it, yes," Charlotte affirmed. "He's pretty romantic when you get down to it. I'll tell you, he was just the nicest man you ever met." Charlotte is pretty romantic as well. In 1961, she wrote her husband a poem for their wedding anniversary. She wrote, "Because you are so sweet, you still sweep me off my feet. I do believe I'll stick with you, and try another 22."

 



 

 

They may not have any children, but they do have each other. They have spent several years traveling the country together. Since the early 1970s, they have been retired. About ten years ago, the couple moved to Austin, Texas, where their romance began. They now live in the retirement community, Longhorn Village. To this day, they still exercise together every morning and enjoy a glass of wine most evenings. As you would assume, they often get asked about the secret behind their long marriage. John suggests, "Never go to bed at night with a chip on your shoulder, and be glad you're with each other." However, keeping the humor alive is also very important, they believe. When asked what John would do without his special valentine, he responded, "Well, I don't know. I've never tried it." To this, Charlotte humorously quipped, "And you better not." Here's to keeping the romance - and the humor! - alive this Valentine's Day.

 



 

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