Love that lasts for a lifetime
Over the course of their marriage, they have seen towns develop, children grow up and lines lengthen on their faces but one thing that has not changed is their love for each other.
Putaruru’s Norine and Douglas Mcpherson will mark their 60th wedding anniversary tomorrow.
The pair married in Putaruru Baptist Church on December 22, 1951 after courting for more than three years.
‘‘I never knew him at all until he bumped into me,’’ Mrs Mcpherson said of meeting Douglas during an event.
‘‘That was when Putaruru was one long street, where there was a social event every Friday night and we would go to the pictures.’’
After more than three years of courting, the pair married and spent time living in Putaruru, Lichfield and Tokoroa.
Mrs Mcpherson spoke of their love for each other, a love that had not diminished over the decades. ‘‘I loved him, I always have, I still do. I’m very protective of him . . . I never wanted to be apart. I do too much because I’m too protective,’’ Mrs Mcpherson said.
‘‘We have had our bad times, I am not going to say that we didn’t have any bad times or arguments (because) we did,’’ she said.
Mrs Mcpherson also said times had changed greatly.
‘‘When I was being brought up, we were lucky because we were born in that generation when girls were trained to look after their husbands.’’
She added that Douglas was always very good in and around the house.
‘‘I have always cared for him. He has always been a good husband,’’ she said.
‘‘I have always thought if your marriage survives bringing your children through the teenage years it will survive ever after,’’ she said.
Mr and Mrs Mcpherson have five children, nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
STILL SMILING: Putaruru’s Norine and Douglas Mcpherson will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary tomorrow.