Even with the advent of dating apps and social media sites, singleness is rising. According to the U.S. census, men and women constitute more than 45 percent of the American population, for a grand total of 110,600,000 unmarried people as of September, last year.
Seeing so many people who feel lost and lonely is a real downer. Not to worry! I’m here to create you stories of people who encountered a love that they never anticipated, albeit after they would have liked.
Some people don’t satisfy the love of their life until they're, let’s say, more mature. Others experience an early marriage that ends suddenly with death or divorce. These marriages are occasionally healthy and happy, but oftentimes are marked with physical or emotional violence. Either way, widows, widowers, and divorcees usually see new love once they least expect it.
Perhaps probably the most exciting love stories are the type that begin with an opportunity meeting when the couple is extremely young. They go their separate methods to explore new opportunities, but somehow rediscover their love for each other and live happily ever after.
Take one minute to read these stories and find inspiration in people who discovered lasting love when they least expected it.
Oldest Couple to Marry
George and Doreen Kirby broke the planet record for oldest couple to marry once they tied the knot in 2022, at the ages of 103 and 91. After meeting in 1988 with an organization to help seniors find friends, they spent 27 years before they chose to get married. That’s right, they first found love in their 60s and 70s, and they didn’t walk down the aisle until George was at triple digits. It’s never too late to create a life with someone.
“It was time, really. Doreen keeps me young and that i can definitely say we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together.” –George Kirby
Love at First Sight-40 Years Later
Joao Crisostomo explored many avenues in the young life, including seminary. Along the way, he met Vilma Kracun via his then-fiancée. Vilma became a close family friend, so when she drifted out of Joao’s life unexpectedly, his wife helped him search for her. Joao tried to make contact with his old friend for a long time, via a divorce and multiple jobs. Finally, he rediscovered the widowed Vilma via Facebook in 2011. On a whim, he traveled to France to reconnect determined that they was exactly the same “pure…special lady” she was when they first met. He proposed at that moment. Talk about romantic! After a few moments of consideration, Vilma agreed. They were married in April, 2013, after more than 4 decades apart.
“When we had not known each other before, one would refer to it as love at first sight.” –Joao Crisostomo
After meeting via a dating site, Amy and Justin Pounders felt an immediate connection. On a single of the early dates, Justin discussed his first crush, who shared Amy’s name. Later, the couple discovered they went to same pre-school and Justin’s mom found a picture of the two together. The fact is, Amy and Justin found one another at a very young age and became preschool sweethearts. They finally married in mid their mid-30s and the rest is history.
“Our hearts found a connection at Three years old very innocently, however it was enough to acknowledge it again 30 years later.” –Amy Pounders
Grinning So Much
Murphy and Lucinda Wilson’s engagement photos went viral last summer…and even for good reason. The two seniors shine with joy in their images…looking more like they’re 17 than 70. Before their summer 2022 wedding, Murphy, a widower, felt he still had love left to provide. He met Lucinda at church, and developed a friendship that grew into something. The two feel that the Lord brought them together and blessed all of them with an appreciation they never dreamed possible
“I’m thinking I’m going to be needing a facial massage because I’ve been grinning a lot.” –Murphy Wilson
A Love Story Designed in Code
In the 1950s, Cynthia and Howard Attebery became friends while working together in a lab. They'd often write coded messages to one another, however they lost touch suddenly when Cynthia left for school. More than Six decades later, Cynthia received a coded letter and knew exactly who it had been from. The letter came with a bundle of notes using their days within the lab. The brand new code said simply, “I have never stopped loving you.” Cue the waterworks!
Cynthia traveled across the nation to meet her long lost friend and that he proposed to her on the spot. They got married in 2013, towards the delight of the family and friends. , CBC.ca
“Oh man, life is just amazing. Don’t disheartenment. This isn't what I expected at all. I’m 81 years of age and he’s going to be 91- Really, how much time do we have? However, you know, it really makes that amount of time precious.” –Cynthia Attebery