Sixty years of being in love
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.