5 Secrets To A Happy Marriage—From A Couple Who Met 84 Years Ago

opener_9 Get ready for a love story that sounds like it was ripped out of the pages of a novel. When Thomas Howard spotted the woman he would spend the rest of his life with, he was just 9 years old. Irene and her brother Frank lived four doors down from Thomas and his family. Thomas became fast friends with Frank, but it was Irene who he really adored, and he did everything he could to spend every waking hour in her presence. The feelings were absolutely mutual—Irene adored Thomas (even then).  The couple was inseparable until 1941, when 19-year-old Thomas was called up to serve in the army during World War II. It was a trying time for the couple, with Thomas's life at risk and the prolonged separation, but they managed and their love story only thrived.  When he returned in 1945, the couple moved in together and got married. They've been together ever since! They just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and, counting their extremely extended courtship, they have been an item for 84 years! The couple is more happy now than they were when first they met, and even deeper in love than either of them thought possible. So, what are the secrets to having such a long, happy marriage? This adorable couple shares everything you need to know. (You'll want to grab your tissues before pressing play).

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