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Valentines Again ... After 57 Years

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This love story will give you a serious case of the "Awwwwwwwws":


Peter and Elise Eaves, a 90-year-old couple, live happily together in their suburban Atlanta home. They first met back in 1938 at noon-hour dance given by the University of Georgia, where Elise was a student.

"I was leaning over the piano watching somebody play when he walked up," says Elise. "I thought he was cute. He was very persistent, he asked me out, just put the pressure on."

The duo fell in love and even got engaged. But when Peter got drafted in 1941, Elise's mom convinced her to dump him. "Back then, you thought your mother knew best," says Elise.

"It felt like a knife had been stuck in my heart, of course," said Peter. He eventually moved back to the area. In the years that followed, both he and Elise fell in love with other people, got married and had kids. But Peter never missed Elise's birthday.

"My husband took it very lightly," she says in the article. "It didn't bother him. We would all be sitting at the dinner table [when the phone would ring] and he would say, 'Now let's all be quiet to see what your mom has to say to her old boyfriend.'"

Both Peter and Elise loved their spouses, but never forgot each other. "I still carried the love for him," she explains. "I think you can love more than one person. I loved my husband very much. He was a wonderful man and father."

Peter and Elise even ran into each other from time to time. "I saw him maybe four times over a period of years," she says. "He came to my mother's funeral and to my 50th reunion from my girls' high school, so we saw each other change."

Eventually, Peter's wife passed away. Then, nine months later, Elise's husband died. Once Peter found out, he waited all of "about 15 minutes" to contact her.

"We picked up where we left off," she says. "It was like we hadn't been apart all those years. We felt like teenagers again, really."

Peter concurs: "We picked up where we left off emotionally and the love came right back again," he says. "It was living in us all that time. I said, 'We've outlived all the people who had come between us so we can be together now.'"

He used the same ring to propose to Elise 42 years after the first go-round. (Yes, he'd kept it!) And this month, the pair will have been married for 15 years.

Apparently, they still enjoy all their marital rites: When the piece's photographer innocently asked them about their romantic life, Elise said, "You mean do [we] still have sex? Yes. It surprises our doctor every time we get a physical."

Sigh ... a story sweeter than 20 chocolate hearts!

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
forex robot February 17, 2010, 2:52 AM

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Dave, 58 May 19, 2010, 6:17 PM

I have bought the book from Xlibris and it’s a tear jerker and I didn’t even get to the romance yet. Very well done if you like small town honesty that’s long gone from fast-paced life today. Of course I harbor this kind return to my first love dream myself!

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