There’s no love like the love between Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter.
According to Jimmy Carter, 98, his marriage to Rosalynn Carter, 95, is “the most important thing in my life.”
According to the oldest living U.S. president, there are only two things necessary to ensure a happy and long marriage: “First of all, choose the right person to marry,” Carter told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday.
“And every night, we try to make sure we’re completely reconciled from all the arguments during the day.”
The Carters surpassed George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush as the longest-married presidential couple in 2019. They marked their 76th wedding anniversary in July of 2022.
How can you keep the spark alive after all these years? A lot of the time, the simplest solutions are the best.
The former president, who is now 98 years old, came up with a means to show his love for his wife while he was a young Naval officer in the 1940s.
‘I love you the goodest.’ That’s what my mother and daddy used to say back and forth, and I picked it up with Rosa,” he told People in a 2014 interview.
ILYTG became such a significant part of their lives together that Jimmy had it engraved on a compact he presented to Rosalynn.
The accord documents can be seen at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.
Also, the Carter children have started using ILYTG between themselves, much like Jimmy did.
“Now all our children do the same thing – ILYTG on the phone or in emails. They generally just put the initials,” he said.
“And sometimes they change the initials and make you guess what they’re talking about.”
Despite that, Carter has learnt that it’s crucial to both spend time together as a pair and “give each other plenty of space to do our own thing.”
They regularly engage in activities such as fly fishing, bird viewing, and church attendance. Every night before bed, they read a passage from the Bible together.
Rosalynn Carter defined their relationship as a “partnership,” in an interview with the Associated Press on July 4. “I knew more on paper about the business than he did,” Rosalynn said. “He would take my advice about things.”
The Carters’ bond has grown stronger over the years, thanks in part to their time spent quarantined at home in Plains, Georgia during the coronavirus outbreak.
The 39th president said on “GMA” that his and his wife’s affection for each other had grown stronger over the course of their 75 years of marriage.
“I think that’s a kind of extraordinary thing. Doesn’t happen to very many couples, but it certainly happened to us.”
It’s impossible not to adore them. The Carters are the nicest, most genuine folks you’ll ever meet.
I pray that God will continue to bless them.
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