The Fleur De Lis Summer-End Edition 2016 - Page 14



Trinity Resident sat down to give pointers on sustaining love

Pictured above: Dogwood Forest of Fayetteville resident Ms. Nora Taylor Married 70 years

We live an era where many seem to have forgotten the definition of love. Ironically, while technology like the internet and social media make us more interconnected than ever, we have been experiencing more isolation from one another. In this modern context, the true meaning of love becomes blurred as we mire ourselves in the day-to-day affairs that seem to swallow up more and more of our time.

Yet, it does not have to be this way. Modern love and ancient love are one and the same, and we can experience every bit of the classic love that helped people stay together and happy for decades if we simply put our minds to it. If such a task seems impossible, consider the story of Mrs. Nora Taylor. She and her husband were married for 70 wonderful years until his death in 2010.

Throughout the entire marriage, Mrs. Taylor claims that they never once had a spat. Her secret? Surprisingly simple: Do not let minor personal matters get in the way of the love you share together. Even something that seems incredibly important in the moment can be understood as trivial the next, leaving the person with regret at what they had said.

Learn about her wisdom and perspective at the ripe old age of 86 as she reflects on the best, most enduring partnership she had experienced in her lifetime.


Interviewer: How did you and your husband meet?

Mrs. Taylor: I was a nurse in a hospital in a small Alabama town living in the nurse’s quarters next to the hospital. I had a friend I knew from the country who had moved to work at a nearby Greyhound Bus station. So she came over one afternoon and said, “Do you have a date tonight?” And I said: “Yeah, with you! We’re going to the movies.” And then she said, “Well, there’s been a boy. He’s been coming in there eating at the Greyhound bus station cafeteria. Today he came in and said he had another boy who would tag along if I said I’d go out with him,” and she told him yes.

Well, my dad and mamma just fell in love with this boy instantly. They were real with him so he asked me for a date the next night and I said “Okay.”

Interviewer: When did you guys decide to get married?

Mrs. Taylor: Well, at the time he was serving in the military. He was a sailor in the Navy and had to go back to his post. Before he left, he asked me to marry him then and there and go back with him. We had known each other for only eleven days.