Couple married for 70 years shares the secret to lifelong romance
Harry and Kitty Wright have been together longer than most people have been alive.
They just celebrated 70 years of marriage, surrounded by 10 kids, 25 grandkids, 30 great-grandkids and five great-great-grandkids -- or so they think. It's hard to keep track.
Everyone always asks them what the secret to a long life of love is.
it's simple -- be in love. Actually like each other.
Harry told KCPQ that staying affectionate all the time really helps.
"We hug and we kiss in the morning, we hug and we kiss at night. We hug and we kiss at noon... anytime in between and all the time, we're always in love!"
It all started with a tiny crush between two neighborhood kids in Minnesota.
Kitty confessed that she really started to like him when she turned 12 because he was smart and handsome.
"She is just a beautiful lady! She was, and is!" Harry told KCPQ.
They didn't actually start dating until Harry joined the service at 17.
it was 1943, and Harry was stationed all around the country -- he only came home a few times.
Through letters, they fell more and more in love.
"It was the way we really met," Harry said. "'Cause you can, I suppose, say things in the letters that you might be a little- at the time- bashful to say, even now."
Harry proposed to Kitty in 1946, and they married just a few months after.
They say the details of the ceremony are hazy now, but they absolutely remember that there was dancing involved.
They don't have a secret to getting through life's "rough patches" -- in fact, they find it hard to believe that those problems even exist.
Harry and Kitty say the trick to making it through arguments and complications is that they made a good "pick" when they decided to be together.
"I think the one thing that helped is we've always been in love. And I like her. She likes me! That makes a big difference," harry told KCPQ.
"Well yeah, it does!" Kitty said. "If you like the person you love, it can't get any better."