70 YEARS! That’s a long time if you think about it. Imagine being with the “One You Love” all that time. Well, that’s exactly what J.W. and Mable Best did. They have Truly beaten the odds.
The happy couple from East Texas, married in 1937, have only been apart one time during their marriage while J.W. served in WWII. “Naturally, I was worried about him because I knew he was going into battle, and I wrote him a letter everyday,” said Mable. The Best’s family held a celebration in J.W. and Mable’s honor Saturday. “I love her more today, than I did the day we met.” said J.W., adding that he “knew” she was the one.
After reading this article I wanted to see what the statistics are for couples sticking together this long. With the divorce rate at nearly 50%, what are the chances? Well, to my surprise, people are actually staying together longer, and the divorce rate is down, yet the rate of marriage is also down. The number of couples living together without any intention of getting married has increased.
I think that couples who share the same values as J.W. and Mable won’t have to worry about statistics one bit. Every couple should use the 2 “Key Things” that Mable says keeps a marriage together: Love & Devotion.
Let’s all toast to the “Bride & Groom” for a marriage well done! Truly exceptional!