IN THEIR 67th year of marriage, Stawell's Kevin and Dorothy Waite share the same words of wisdom for this Valentine's Day - be patient.
The couple resides at Eventides Homes and will join in the early celebrations on Friday with a high tea and donning something red.
Mr Waite said he believed their love story didn't have a tale of romance from the moment they met - but the love and care for one another were evident as they shared the story of their life together.
"I wouldn't call myself a romantic," he said.
"But I would give Dorothy a box of chocolates and other presents when we were first together."
A chance meeting between the couple led to Mr Waite asking Mrs Waite to the pictures in Benella, where the couple is originally from.
From there, the couple attended Friday night dances and balls.
Married on January 15, 1955, the Waites took a train to Melbourne for their honeymoon after marrying in Benella.
The household grew bigger with five daughters added to the family.
Mrs Waite cared for the household and ensured dinner was ready on the table for Mr Waite when he returned home from work each day.
Mr Waite said being in a relationship with someone and ensuring a long-lasting life together took patience.
Mrs Waite agreed.
"Try to see the other person's point of view when you have an argument," she said.
After their daughters left home, the couple travelled together in their caravan including travelling to Queensland 17 years in a row.
A special celebration was held for their 60th wedding anniversary when the couple took a trip down memory lane and returned to the Windsor Hotel where they went for their honeymoon.
"We didn't know at the time but we got a surprise of staying in the royal suite - the same room as when we were on our honeymoon," Mr Waite said.
"They really spoiled us."
The couple spent some weeks in Eventide Homes in 2020 and in August and they decided they would move in.
Thinking through the meaning of Valentine's Day, the couple agreed the day was a reminder for couples to show appreciation for one another.
"It is heavily commercialised now," Mr Waite said.
"It would be very sad if people stopped being kind to each other and Valentine's Day is a reminder to do just that.
"If you can't be nice and kind to each other just keep quiet.
"Unfortunately some people just don't try. They don't think a relationship will be a bit tough and people just need to see how things go."
Mr Waite said he received "sound advice" from a former employer.
"He told me to be patient in life," he said.
"So many opportunities in life are lost from impatience.
"You've just got to count ten."
The couple spends time in their shared lounge at the retirement home where they said they were very comfortable.
"I spend time doing some activities - I've started playing mini golf and just started bingo," she said.
"It fills in the time. And outside of that, we enjoy each other's company."
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