Sixty years of be­ing in love

Manawatu Standard - - Front Page - Max­ine Jacobs

If 15-year-old Ros­alie hadn’t stood up to her fa­ther and de­manded she stay in school rather than join­ing the lo­cal sewing fac­tory she never would have met Roger.

You can see in their eyes that the Drum­monds, who are celebratin­g their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary to­day, still share the same strong love they found to­gether back in the 1950s.

Grow­ing up at Fox­ton Beach, Roger didn’t cross paths with the Fox­ton girl un­til he and Ros­alie were 18.

She learned short­hand and typ­ing in the time she stayed in school, earn­ing a job as a clerk at a Palmer­ston North health cen­tre.

Roger, who was work­ing as a panel beater, took the same bus. It was the first time their paths aligned.

Jump­ing past first their first date at the Fox­ton movie theatre – nei­ther of them could re­mem­ber what they saw – and count­less boxes of choco­late and lol­lies Roger used to woo Ros­alie, the cou­ple were mar­ried when they were both just 19 in 1960.

Now in their 80s and liv­ing in Mar­ton, Ros­alie laughed at how her life changed af­ter meet­ing Roger.

‘‘When we got mar­ried my fa­ther didn’t think it would last and he said to me: ‘You’re crazy. You’re go­ing to end up milk­ing cows,’ and I said: ‘No, I’mfar too smart for that.’’’

But soon enough Roger threw in the tools and moved the fam­ily to punake, Taranaki, where they worked side-by-side sharemilk­ing.

As their fifth grand­child pre­pares to walk down the aisle, Ros­alie said she gave them the same ad­vice she gave the four who come be­fore them. ‘‘That’s a huge thing. It’s a com­mit­ment in front of peo­ple to say: ‘I love this per­son and I want to be with them.’’’

Roger agreed: ‘‘If you’re go­ing to make com­mit­ments, stick to them. Life ain’t easy all the time.’’ And when it comes down to it, it’s a happy marriage, he said.


Roger and Ros­alie Drum­mond met on a bus in the late 1950s. They’re still to­gether and celebratin­g 60 years of marriage.

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