Most relationships are hard, no question. They can take work, but you have to fight for what you want; no one ever said love is easy. Though maybe that’s because those people never spoke to Maryanne and Tommy Pilling. They’ve been married 22 years, which is amazing for any couple, but it’s especially notable considering many didn’t think they would last. Maryanne and Tommy could be gloating but instead they’re just going to keep being in love, thanks.
The U.K. couple, who first met at a training centre for people with learning disabilities, dated for about 18 months before he popped the question with a toy ring from a vending machine. This was back in 1995; they were one of the first couples with Down Syndrome to tie the knot, and look at them now. It’s 22 years later and they seem stronger than ever.
Maryanne’s sister, Linda Newman, created a Facebook page to document the couple’s beautiful romance, and if you didn’t believe in love before, all you have to do is look at the photos and the sheer joy of them and you’ll be a convert.
“They love one another dearly, respect one another and are completely honest,” Newman told People. She added that back in the day, their mother received a lot of “flak” for letting them get married.
Tommy, 59, and Maryanne, 45, are just as in love as the first day they met.
“My wedding was the best day of my life,” Maryanne told the Express. “I was shocked when Tommy proposed, but I didn’t have to think twice about saying yes.”
She added: “Tommy and I never argue. I love my husband very much. He is my best friend.”
Linda describes their relationship as “so special because it is pure, they don’t understand bad emotions of hate.” How amazing is that? Hmm, maybe the Pillings can teach a course, because we think they’ve got the mystery of love solved.