During the Thanksgiving holiday and the following week, my wife and I had the pleasure of visiting many of our relatives that we don't get to see very often. On one of the days, we visited my grandparents who have been married 57 years. I asked them the secret to such longevity in their relationship. I wish I'd had a tape recorder, because they said some great things that I can't remember. Here's a few that did stick in my mind:
- "It doesn't matter what anyone else says or wants. The two of you just have to do what's right for you."
- "Always stay friends."
- "Always be able to talk to each other."
- "Even now, we don't like being apart."
Some day I'll ask them again and take notes or record their responses. There's no better way to learn than by listening to and observing those who have experienced success.