World's Oldest Married Couple Celebrates 80th Valentine's Day: "Time Does Fly"

World's Oldest Married Couple Celebrates 80th Valentine's Day: "Time Does Fly"

The couple first met in a zoology class at the University of Texas in 1939 and John was completely smitten by Charlotte.

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107-year-old John Henderson and his beloved wife Charlotte, 105, recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary in November and with that achieved another milestone. The couple first met in a zoology class at the University of Texas in 1939. John, a football player for the Longhorns, was seated right behind Charlotte and was immediately smitten by her. Five years later, the sweet pair tied the knot. This year on Valentine's day, the lovebirds celebrated their everlasting love for each other like they have been doing for each one since they first met, reports Today




Apart from celebrating eight decades of togetherness, the pair also rejoiced a monumental Guinness World Records win, wherein, they were officially pronounced as the world's oldest married couple last year. If you count the five years they dated before getting married then technically they have been each other's Valentine for 85 years and this is truly inspirational. "It doesn't seem like it's been that long," said John. "Time does fly." Years simply pass by when you're truly in love with your partner. Since the first time they met in a college classroom, the couple hasn't been able to keep their eyes off each other. 



"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," recalled John. They two met amidst the Great Depression and went on their first date less than a year after Prohibition had ended. Apparently, the two went out for Coca-Cola together. How cute is that? The same year, when World War II began, they exchanged their marital vows. The ceremony was conducted in the presence of only two guests, who had managed to showed up, and their minister. For their honeymoon, they stayed at a hotel that cost them $7 a night at the time. 




Despite living together for so long, the adorable couple still manages to keep the magic alive and Valentine's Day is just one of those days when they profess their love for each other and celebrate their undying affection for one other. Apparently, John prepares a homemade valentine for his wife every year. "Oh yes, a little love note on it, yes," confirmed Charlotte. "He's pretty romantic when you get down to it.  I'll tell you, he was just the nicest man you ever met."



Now, John is not the only romantic in the house, as Charlotte has her moments too. For their wedding anniversary in 1961, Charlotte wrote a poem for her husband that read, "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 don't have any children of their own but surely are enough for each other. The pair has had quite a life traveling to different parts of the country for years, and since the 1970s, they have been retired. About ten years ago, they moved back to Austin, Texas, where their romance had first begun. 




Currently, they are staying in the retirement community, Longhorn Village. Even to this day, they exercise together every morning and relish a glass of wine every now and then in the evenings. When asked about the secret behind their long-lasting marriage, John suggested, "Never go to bed at night with a chip on your shoulder, and be glad you're with each other." They also believe that keeping the humor alive is also important. John was also asked what he would do without his valentine and to this he said, "Well, I don't know. I've never tried it." 

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