The longest married couple of the United States will take to Twitter this Valentine’s Day to advise this era’s love birds on life and marriage.
Annie and John Betar have been together for 83 years now. Their lives are extraordinary and their attachment awe-inspiring.
John saw Annie when they were 20 and 17, respectively. She would go for a walk along with her friends in the morning when John used to come in his 1932 Ford Roadster, giving them a lift.
And that’s how the love – and life of the longest married couple in America – started.
Annie’s father wanted her to marry with an older man as the country was still coping with the Great Depression. However, by then little cupid had already targeted her with feelings for John.
Therefore, listening to her heart, Annie ran away with John, eloping in Harrison, New York to start a life anew.
Now more than eight decades later, they have 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; having seen the dynamics of this world change like anything, taking it all in together.
Annie and John have immeasurable and valuable experience of a life spent in love and feelings for each other. So, this year on the Valentine’s Day, the couple is going to be at the platform of Twitter to advice people who like them have fallen in love.
The social media experiment will welcome them with a lot of questions, especially on how they have been able to stick together for this long.
“We’re just lucky to be together. So fortunate,” he said, in an email exchange. The best part of their long life? “Just simply being together,” he said.
The article originally appeared on The Washington Post