Valentine’s Day is always a good day to reflect on a lifetime of love. In our case, our love affair with each other has lasted nearly 48 years. Can you imagine—nearly five decades of Valentine’s Days with one person!
And we can tell you this, we have interviewed hundreds of couples over the years whose marriage longevity has surpassed ours, dwarfed us, often extending into over six-decades of life together.
We remember February 14, 1966 so well. Charley proposed to Liz and then we went dancing until the wee hours of the morning to the sounds of Count Basie. It was so much fun to discover love and to be in love. The Count sealed the deal with his “hold on tight to the one you love” music! What a night!
What nearly five decades of love it has been! And if you haven’t grooved to the sounds of the Count, you should do it today! His albums are everywhere and easy to purchase. He was the conductor of the quintessential American jazz orchestra.
Getting his autograph that night was wonderful! In fact, we still remember to this day his words after he did so, “Hey, man, can I borrow this pen to sign autographs for others? “Of course,” Charley said. The Count passed on, but the memories of him lives on every Valentine’s Day.
Ever since Charley proposed to Liz on Valentine’s Day in 1966, our lives together have been a continuing celebration of this important anniversary of love.
On February 14, 1977 Charley passed the final oral examination over his doctoral dissertation. Dr. Charles D. Schmitz came into being that day. And three years later, Liz passed her final oral examination over her dissertation on Valentine’s Day as well, and another Dr. Schmitz was born! Dr. and Dr. Schmitz, “America’s Love and Marriage Experts” were born.
By now, you have figured out that Valentine’s Day is an important day in the lives of Charley and Liz. You figured right! It gets better.
On Valentine’s Day, 1982 we began the research project about successful marriage that led to the publication of four books and nearly 1000 articles at various sites on the Internet about successful love and marriage.
So here we are—nearing Valentine’s Day, 2014—nearly 50 years after our first date!
So here we are—full circle. A Valentine’s Day filled with celebration and memories, with love and hope, filled with friends like you, our readers.
On this Valentine’s Day 2014 we thank all of you for your support, for your encouragement, and for your love. You have enriched our lives in so many ways. We are glad to celebrate our labor of love with you. We hope you will celebrate your Golden Anniversaries together like we are getting ready to celebrate.
Thanks for the memories. Thanks for your support. Thanks for being in love.
Happy Valentine’s Day 2014!
**Today, you can see how you stack up to the best marriages around the world. Take the Marriage Quiz to assess your chances of achieving a successful marriage of your own and read How to Marry the Right Guy to find out the 33 questions you better be able to answer before you say, “I Do.”
By Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz
America's #1 Love and Marriage Experts