This year for Valentines Day we decided instead of talking about ourselves we would share some love advice from the real “experts”. We’ve been following Lauren Fleishman’s Kickstarter Project called Love Ever After and we are completely smitten! Sharing stories of couples who have been married for 50+ years Lauren is capturing these couples through photographs and collecting fun quotes about how they met and their “secret” to finding and maintaining love.
Get ready to fall in love with some really adorable old people…
“Sometimes we think we love when we don’t love. A lot of people say they are in love but really we were young and we really didn’t know what love was all about. But afterward we found out what love was! Love is sharing with one another. Don’t care what you have you share what you have. And be willing to give. Another thing I tell people now is that you have to be able to bend a little bit. Yes, love is a powerful thing. If you know what it means.” – Theauther and Annie Love
“We’ve been married for 66 years. We met in high school when I was 16 years old and my wife was 15 years old. And we’ve gone through life together. The love we feel now is a different type of love. It is a mature love. In the beginning, of course, there was a sexual attraction but right now sex has very little to do with it.”- Moe and Tessie Rubenstein
“What is the secret to love? A secret is a secret and I don’t reveal my secrets!” - Ykov Shapirshteyn and Mariya Gostsinnaya
“Of course everybody feels good when they first fall in love. In the beginning I felt like I was married to Roberto Valentino! He was gentle and nice. You want to try to stay the same but we work really hard and we get tired. With love you have to trust each other. You need good communication.”- Cathy and Alberto Pastorino
“And he kissed me at the house. And when we left I turned around I said, you know what Dolores? I’m going to marry that guy. She said, what are you talking about? And I said, I liked the way he kissed me. Honest to God.”- Bea and Tom Cioce
“At that time we didn’t even have a telephone! We wrote letters each week but it took about 20 days for our letters to reach each other. We did this for five years.” - Jin Lin Chen
“I think it only proved to this day that you can’t judge right away. It may not work out but as you get to know a person love comes.”- Sol and Gloria Holtzman
“Everyday my wife expresses her love for me. She says, did I tell you how much I love you today? Everyday. Everyday she says that.” – Moe Rubenstein
“You have to remember the times were different. We met in the 1939 and we didn’t have money. So our group of friends always met at our friend Betty’s basement. There weren’t things like dates and going out to dinner. We didn’t know from those things because we didn’t have money. So we enjoyed each others’ company.” – Fran Futterman
“April 14th (2011) will be our 68th wedding anniversary. That’s right, you heard it! Friends ask me how I managed to get someone like Jean. So I have one expression. I prayed well.”- Abe Small
So there you have it folks! Some advice from the ones who have really walked through it together. For better or for worse. I think it’s beautiful and Cale and I can’t wait till the day we’re sitting on our front porch, watching the sunset and remembering all the wonderful moments we’ve spent together. To know someone that intimately and to have that kind of history with ONE person… now THAT is love!
Lauren is currently raising funds to continue this series and create a limited edition photo book. If you would like to support her art book project visit her Kickstarter Page today.
Happy Heart Day friends! Now, go kiss your sweetie or call your mom.
From The Farm
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