People have two different beliefs about love: either true love exists or love is resilient to any adversity. Nevertheless, there is one pair that, more than any other, epitomises true love.
Jimmy Carter, the former US president, and Rosalynn Carter, his wife, were married for over 77 years. The couple initially met while they were still infants.
Rosalynn’s tragic death on Sunday marked the end of their 96-year romance. They never ceased loving each other and remained together until the very end.
On the occasion of their 75th wedding anniversary two years ago, Jimmy and Rosalynn participated in a marriage interview. Naturally, the couple also shared new details about their marriage and the things that kept it special every day.
Rosalynn Carter and Jimmy had known one another since their birth.
One day, while his mother Lillian Carter was working as a nurse, her neighbour Frances Smith gave birth. After Lillian made the decision to assist with the birth, Eleanor Rosalynn was born.
The next day, Rosalynn had her first encounter with Jimmy, who was three years old at the time. It was the start of a trip that would last a lifetime and include many adventures, such as a stay in the White House.
She is just as powerful as I am, if not more so. In our partnership, when it comes to making business decisions, she and I are completely equal. She also makes the majority of the decisions on family matters. Furthermore, I believe that she had to work hard to gain this level of equality and independence in our intimate connection. In summary, we used to argue a lot—never anything major, though—but not anymore.
Despite enduring difficult and trying times, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter were unable to stay apart.
According to the Carter Centre, in October 2019, they broke the record of 26,765 days held by the late George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, for the longest married presidential pair.
What then was their marriage’s secret?
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter discussed their marriage in a rare interview on their 75th wedding anniversary. They both talked about how their affectionate actions for one another preserved their relationship stronger than before.
“Our bond has gotten stronger. Between us, we have gained knowledge. Additionally, we’ve come to understand each other’s quirks,” Jimmy Carter said to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Additionally, we now know how to give each other lots of room. Each of us can pursue our own interests while the other is absent.
Rosalynn confessed that her love for her husband was increased by the little, ordinary things he did.
“Jimmy is genuinely nice; he will extend his hand and grab mine when we are driving or strolling down the street. Hold my hand. I feel more connected to him because of those types of things,” the former first lady said.
“I believe our collaboration began before to (his president), during my time as the bookkeeper for our farm supply company. Before long, I had more written information on the company than he had, and I was in a position to give him advice.
For example, I discovered from the books that we were losing money once we began shelling maize and producing peanuts and cotton. that our financial situation was dire. I could give him advice,” Rosalynn Carter continued. Thus, I believe that is how our collaboration evolved. That marked the start of it.
Being together for such a long time is a remarkable accomplishment. And Jimmy Carter says the key is to give each other room.
“We’ve had a kind of policy that we’ve agreed upon,” Carter said at a press conference in 2019. We allow each other lots of room to pursue our own interests. We also look for activities that we enjoy doing together and attempt to focus on them. When I was sixty-two, we started downhill skiing. She was fifty-nine. We’ve started fly-fishing, playing tennis, and bird-watching. Thus, we engage in a lot of activities in common.
Deep love does not imply that everything is flawless all the time. Arguments are a natural part of living together, as we are all flawed human beings with diverse viewpoints.