By Olaoluwa Olowu
When a man and woman takes a vow and say ‘I do’? What are they signing up for? A happily ever after!
Though marriage is one of the biggest commitments in life and the process of joining two people in a bond that lasts until death, yet the practice is the opposite.
Factually, no marriage is without conflict, but how a couple endure to live together is how they handle the conflict.
However, if you're going to take marriage advice from anyone, you might want to take it from these oldest living married couples around the world, know the secret to what has been keeping them together.
James and Margaret Hurley – Ireland
Here’s an insight to the lives of James and Margaret Hurley, they have been married since 1941. While both are in their nineties, their union have produced 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
So what’s the secret to their long union?
Here’s what they have to say, “When you marry your best friend, it is easy to live a long and happy life”.
To them, they are blessed enough to live such long happy lives through so much together.
However, Margaret advice young couples to work hard, respect one another and love their family because they are the most important people in the world.
Leon Watson and Rosina Rodriquez - USA
When Leon Watson and Rosina married each other in Oakland in 1950, mixed-race marriage had just been legalized in California.
Both couple in their late eighties are one the oldest living interracial couples in the United States.
Here’s their simple advice to young couples, “Do what we are doing: a lot of thinking ahead of time and just live it day by day.”
Bill and Bertie Nickerson - Canada
They have been married for 80 years after their wedding in 1935.
According to them, they met each other by chance. Bill had a friend who was going to Milton to visit Bertie’s older sister and encouraged Bill to tag along.
It however turned out to a blind date. They would later date for three years before they tied the knot.
Interestingly, both couple liked travelling and raising their two sons. They have four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Ken and Margaret Harris - UK
Ken Harris, 102 years-old with wife Margaret, 99 years-old were married in 1937.
Their marriage produced two children, Alan and Ann.
The couple spend their everyday together. This very loving couple are so proud to have celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary.
Jeram and Ganga Ravji – New Zealand
Jeram and Ganga Ravji were named New Zealand's longest-married couple, both couple are in their 100th and have spent 81 years of their life married to each other.
Together, they have six children, 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren living in Auckland.
Originally, they were both born in a small Indian town and betrothed to each other at the age of 6 and got married when they were 19, which was after they both moved to New Zealand.
Four generations of their family now live in New Zealand, though their journey to a century has not been an easy one.