"He always accepted me with the baggage I came with."
It’s tough to know for sure if you’ve found “the one,” especially when the only tough times you’ve been through together are your landlord raising your rent or your puppy peeing on everything you own. No matter what stage of a relationship you’re in, the truth is there’s no simple, surefire way to predict how and if you two will succeed on the long road ahead.
That’s why we turned to the pros—couples who’ve been married for over 25 years—to shed some light on how to know when you’ve found your forever person.
“After 39 years, my husband and I still like each other a lot. In fact, right now we’re nearing the end of a year-long trip around the world. We’re together almost every moment of every day and still find laughter. I knew he was the one for me because he’s a free spirit. We never worried what people would think about our lifestyle. As newlyweds, we didn’t want a baby so we adopted an 8-year-old. Then we decided to have a biological child. When she was 12, we got an RV and traveled the country for a year. We fixed up old houses before the term ‘flipping’ was popular, marketed a novelty computer key and sold 200,000 before websites were popular, had several jobs as brand ambassadors and, all in all, we still wanted to be near each other.”—Silvana Clark, married 39 years
“Jack and I volunteered at an elementary school together while in college and he was so great with the kids. I found that very touching and knew he would make a great dad. He doesn’t fold the bath towels over the rod like I fold them, but that’s not important. Too many people expect perfection from their spouse, but people aren’t perfect. The fact that we wanted the same things out of life was the sign to me that we were meant to be.”—Nancy Hughes, married 41 years
“After almost half a century together, I would marry my husband all over again. From the few first dates when he’d only kiss me on the forehead, to his playing basketball and shooting pool to tide us over between military paydays, he’s always gone the extra mile for me and our family. He used to take me shopping and wait patiently while I tried on clothes; and even today, he buys lottery scratch-offs and hides them around the house for me to find. He knows how much pleasure I get in finding them, so he comes up with the most unusual places, like the toilet paper roll in the guest bathroom and in my lingerie drawer. After all these years, he still adores me and I adore him.”—Carol Gee, married 43 years
“My husband and I came from polar opposite backgrounds. He was used to a ‘proper’ family, where members were not very involved with one another, while I came from a big, Italian family who were not at all shy about getting involved and giving opinions. He always accepted me with the baggage I came with. When I look at my husband today, I see the same guy I fell in love with 53 years ago.”—Elisa Sheronas, married 51 years (Check out these fun lube options from the Women’s Health store!)
“My husband and I met, got engaged a week later, and were married in 10 months. I couldn’t believe such an amazing man was still single and knew instantly he was for me. I’ve always been in high-stress industries professionally and now own my own business. I’ve always known that no matter how tough things get or how much I question my path, my husband is always right there beside me. One of my favorite things he says to me is, ‘If you ever question how successful you’re going to be, look into my eyes, because I’ve never questioned it.’ He’s my rock and my support system.” —Cathy S. Tooley, married 31 years
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Source: Women’s Health