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    [双语新闻]一对老夫妻结婚77载仍然深爱对方 人人称奇
      Still in Love after 77 Valentine's Days
        Fred Landis has a Valentine's Day ritual. Sometime, somewhere, he'll lean over to his wife, Gwen, and say, "I love you." They say he's been doing that on Valentine's Days since 1928, when they were married.



        2006年的 情人节,因为格温的听力不佳,佛瑞德说"我爱你"的时候声音要大一点了。 佛瑞德身体有点不太好,不能再给温格写诗了。












        Fred Landis has a Valentine's Day ritual. Sometime, somewhere, he'll lean over to his wife, Gwen, and say, "I love you." They say he's been doing that on Valentine's Days since 1928, when they were married.

        In October, Fred, 102, and Gwen, 101, celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary, and they are not far shy of a record. The longest current marriage, according to the 2006 edition of Guinness World Records, is 78 years, 296 days.

        On Valentine's Day 2006, Fred will say "I love you" a bit louder than he used to because Gwen is hard of hearing. Fred has macular degeneration, which has kept him from writing poetry for her.

        Gwen says Fred wrote poems to her during their courtship , a gesture that may have won her heart.

        "I think that had something to do with it," she said with a shy smile.

        They met in 1924 as college students, he at Albany College and she at Simpson Bible College in Seattle. Fred attended a church where Gwen's father was the pastor. When they were married, Gwen's father performed the ceremony.

        Gwen remembers receiving $800 for a wedding gift, then losing it all in the stock-market crash the following year.

        The Landises spent the next four decades working in ministry and raising four children. Fred was the pastor at several small churches in the Northwest. Gwen played the piano and organ and taught Sunday school .

        He retired in 1970, and they have lived in Salem since then. They moved to a retirement center in 1994.

        "They're just wonderful people. You couldn't find any better," says a friend, Dorothea McAuley. "They're setting an example for everybody. They're always happy. I've never seen one of them angry. They're God's example."

        Commitment is the word Gwen uses to describe their marriage success. Fred agrees.

        "Sure, we've had squabbles and disagreements galore ," he said. "But there's a commitment to marriage because we have a reverence to it."

        They have eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

        Son John, 67, says he continues to be amazed by his parents, their relationship and their lives.

        "I think - I know - they would not have lived this long singly," John says. "They keep each other going."


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