There are moments we celebrate in life such as weddings, births and graduations but one that inspires hope and a sense of romance mingled with the commitment of family is the wedding anniversary. The longer the marriage, the more inspirational it becomes, particularly in a day when marriages are almost treated as disposable commodities. One Iowa couple, both 99 years old, demonstrates the true meaning of wedded bliss as they celebrate an unbelievable 79 years of matrimony.
Alvin and Eula Blankenship of Council Bluff, Iowa live in an assisted living facility together now but talked about their long relationship. Eula described how they danced together, and then started “going together” before they eventually married in 1934.
Alvin, who admits his memory isn’t what it used to be sys he still remembers the wedding. They got married in the afternoon and he says it was hot.
The couple lived on the family farm where they raised a daughter. They picked corn and worked hard. Eula credits the lifestyle with being the secret to a long a life.
Today, both use walkers to get around and life has taken on a slower pace. Alvin says they are pretty lucky to have come this far. Eula says it hasn’t always been easy. She recalls that she and Alvin had their share of “spates,” some of them pretty bad but she says you get over it and go on.
In a video on MSNBC, the couple is seen moving around the facility where they live using walkers with wheels for support. They were interviewed in a dining room area and seemed to be quite healthy and happy. Those who know them have little doubt they will still be together next year to celebrate their 100th birthdays and 80 years of togetherness as man and wife.