Love is real, just ask Arthur and Marcia Jacobs. In a time where many marriages don’t last, these two recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary. Their grandson, Gale Jacobs, recorded the moment between the couple and the only word that can be used to describe their bond is “magical.” Because Arthur, at 105 years old and Marcia at 100, are still holding hands like they were 25 and 20. You know, in 1937.
“I’ve loved you for 80 years, honey,” Arthur tells his wife in the video, captured on the eve of the anniversary. “That’s a lot of time.” And he’s not kidding. Eightieth anniversaries aren’t even listed on anniversary gift charts (60 is the highest and it’s diamonds, FYI). So what do you give a couple who’ve been married and in love this long? Pfft, doesn’t matter. At this point, they still have each other and that’s all they need.
“Arthur is a beautiful man and so incredibly in love with Marcia,” Jacobs wrote in the video description. “You can tell how sad he is that she is can no longer communicate. Proud to have descended from these superhumans.”
While Marcia is unable to express her feelings using words, she plants a small kiss on Arthur’s hand that will melt your heart. In spite of her only being able to say “hello, hello,” her timing is impeccable. Though the “OK!” at the end is all kinds of amazing.
The two crossed paths when they were just a couple of 20-somethings, and 80 years later, their love is still going strong. Think about that. Eighty years. Just … wow. It’s hard to fathom all the things they’ve done and experienced, as a couple and as individuals. How many times Marcia has kissed Arthur’s hand, the familiarity of each other’s hands and faces, the sound of their voices, their life-long commitment, and that connection that can’t be explained but is always there.
Everlasting love might seem like something only found in fairy tales but Arthur and Marcia are proof that through the good — and not-so-good — times, love can conquer all. Seeing couples in love is one thing, but a couple at this stage of life is enough to give anyone hope that maybe we can find that same kind of love. Sure, it might not last 80 years, but to have someone look at us the way Arthur and Marcia look at each other is something we all want.