I was in the midst of gathering snippets of news upon which to unleash my world-famous snark when I came upon something so heartwarming that it made the snark take a backseat … for now, anyway. What was it, you ask? Yesterday, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary! I think that is worthy of putting the snark aside and congratulating them! They’ve been married longer than I’ve been alive, and I’ve been alive a loooonnnnnggg time!
I was married for 15 long years and try though we did, we simply drifted further apart in our views of life. Marriage is a complex thing … it takes tons of patience, the willingness and ability to compromise, it takes being able to say, “I’m sorry” without following it with a ‘but’. Whenever I read about someone who has been married to the same person for 50 years, I am uber-impressed, but 75 years together has me floored!
Jimmy & Rosalynn were married on July 7th 1946, one month after Jimmy graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. Yesterday, they became the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history. Jimmy Carter, who is now 96 years of age has said that his marriage to Rosalynn, a spry 93 years old, is the single most important thing in his life.
On Monday, Jimmy Carter appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America where he was asked what the secret to such a long marriage is. His response was simple enough …
“First of all, choose the right person to marry. And every night, we try to make sure we’re completely reconciled from all the arguments during the day.”
Simple, yes? Maybe not so simple, given that every year in the U.S. there are some 750,000 divorces, many by couples over 50 years of age.
Jimmy Carter served as the 39th President of the United States from January 20th 1977 until January 20th 1981. Since leaving the White House, he and Rosalynn have been involved in a number of humanitarian works, the most famous being, of course, Habitat for Humanity where even as recently as last year, Jimmy could be seen on a ladder with a hammer in hand, helping build homes for those who might otherwise never own a home.
Congratulations to Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter … two good people who dedicated their lives to each other and to humanity! We should all strive to be more like them!