- Don and Rose fell in love at first sight
- Rose's family challenged them to stay engaged for one year before getting married
- They are still together, 60 years later
An elderly couple in Roodepoort, Gauteng, is celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary after successfully completing a challenge to stay engaged for one year before marriage.
Don and Rose walker met at a dance and it was love at first sight, Briefly.co.za learned.
Speaking to Roodepoortrecord.co.za, Don said Rose was with a man he assumed was her boyfriend. He nevertheless approached them and asked to dance with Rose.
Don, 83, explained the funny moment:
I went up to them, tapped her brother on his shoulder and asked him if he would mind if I danced with his girlfriend. They both laughed at me, and, after telling me they were family, she agreed, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Don proposed six months later. However, Rose's mother thought it was too soon. Rose's brother therefore challenged the couple to stay engaged for one year to test their love for each other.
A whopping 60 years later, the loving couple is celebrating yet another anniversary. They have five children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Although it hasn't been easy all the way, 78-year-old Rose said it was worth every moment:
We have a lot of respect for each other, we have never gone to bed angry and we even played some sport together. And, more importantly, there has always been a lot of love and humour.
Don also offered this advice to young couples:
If you learn to laugh together, cry together and forgive each other, you cannot go wrong. It has been a good journey, and I would not change it for the world.
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