We Eloped!

@Corbin5 (105990)
United States
March 6, 2016 3:35pm CST
I met my husband the 2nd day of my freshman year in college. The fraternities on campus hosted a dance to welcome all incoming freshman. My husband, with the most beautiful blue eyes I had ever seen, asked me to dance and that was all it took. We dated for three years when my husband decided to leave in his senior year to join the United States Army during the Vietnam War. My husband knew the benefits he would gain from serving in the U.S. Military. I was miserable every day without him and when I heard he would be stationed at Ft. Sheridan in Highwood, Illinois, writing news releases for the Army, then no way was I going to stay at Eastern Illinois University without him. My husband would come down to college to visit me on weekends, but that just would not do. So, we eloped. Both sets of parents took the elopement in stride. We had spent time with his parents and mine over the few years we dated and they were not surprised that we would find a way to be together. My husband and I both finished our degrees, we worked in the professions for which we were trained, and we waited a very long time for our only child. The judge at the courthouse in our college town told us, "The couples I marry stay married." Well, after 44 years of marriage, I am sure the judge would be happy to know that we definitely have had one very long haul.
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@garymarsh6 (14046)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 16
What a brilliant and happy story. 44 years congratulations to the both of you! I have a bit of catching up to do!
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
7 Mar 16
@garymarsh6 Those years go by so quickly. Looking forward to your 44 years too!
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@garymarsh6 (14046)
• United Kingdom
7 Mar 16
@Corbin5 Another ten years and we will have caught you up!
@kevin1877uk (36976)
6 Mar 16
Awesome, 44 years year, congratulations :)
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
7 Mar 16
@kevin1877uk Thank you Kevin! It is great when a person finds "the one."
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@kevin1877uk (36976)
7 Mar 16
@Corbin5 I know it's great when you do find that person. I know I did when I was there, long story.
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@MALUSE (40048)
• Germany
6 Mar 16
That's a heart-warming story!
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
7 Mar 16
@MALUSE Thank you! I am glad we stuck together through thick and thin.
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@marlina (73885)
• Canada
6 Mar 16
Happy 44th year of bless.
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
7 Mar 16
@marlina Thank you Marlina. Through sickness and health, we stuck together.
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• United States
7 Mar 16
Its nice to hear that your marriage has lasted all these years
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
7 Mar 16
@Marilynda1225 My parents were married for 63 years until my mom passed away. They were good role models regarding long marriages.
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• United States
7 Mar 16
@Corbin5 wow 63 years is quite impressive especially in this day and age
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
6 Mar 16
Congratulations on your 44 years of marriage.
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
7 Mar 16
@DWDavis That courthouse thing worked out pretty well for us. We had $6 and did not pay the judge, bought gas instead.
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@slund2041 (3378)
• United States
7 Mar 16
What a sweet story. I am glad you found a way to be together, and that your parents took it so well. After forty-four years, it looks like you will stay married. LOL
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
11 Mar 16
@slund2041 The college where we met is a family tradition for undergrad work. My husband and my Dad are fraternity brothers.
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@slund2041 (3378)
• United States
14 Mar 16
@Corbin5 Oh wow! I looks like you had a nice long time together. It is amazing that your husband and father was fraternity brothers. How cool is that
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
14 Mar 16
@slund2041 It is pretty cool. Both belonged to Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. My dad was a member in WWII and my husband was a member in the 1970s. They have attended homecoming and fraternity events together at EIU. My husband is so helpful with my dad.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Mar 16
what a wonderful story, love it.
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
9 Apr 16
@fishtiger58 Wish I could fit into that little dress I wore, but one sure does go up a few sizes after all those years.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
10 Apr 16
@Corbin5 Oh yea happens to us all lol.
@BelleStarr (38216)
• United States
9 Mar 16
Congratulations, that is a great record. We have been married 47 years after a 3 year courtship. We did have a small wedding but I never did get to have my white wedding gown. No regrets.
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
11 Mar 16
@BelleStarr I have no regrets either. Now, if I could only fit into that little dress I wore. Nope. Never going to happen!
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@BelleStarr (38216)
• United States
12 Mar 16
@Corbin5 lol I wish I still had mine but I lost it in our house fire. Nope, it wouldn't fit me either!! lol Just goes to show, it is about the marriage not the wedding.
@1hopefulman (28358)
• Canada
9 Mar 16
The judge had it right! Way to go!
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
11 Mar 16
@1hopefulman The judge kind of scared us too. Maybe that is why we lasted so long.
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@1hopefulman (28358)
• Canada
11 Mar 16
@Corbin5 We wouldn't want a judge to be wrong.
@EddieHands (37845)
• United States
8 Mar 16
Wow what a wonderful story!! 44 years is quite a long time! Blessings! have a magical day
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
11 Mar 16
@EddieHands Thank you for your kind wishes! My parents were married for 63 years up until my mother passed away. They were a good example.
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@EddieHands (37845)
• United States
11 Mar 16
@Corbin5 Wow 63 years that is just wonderful! Blessings !
@dodo19 (32868)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
7 Mar 16
Congrats! It couldn't have been easy when he was away so much.
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
11 Mar 16
@dodo19 I was miserable at college without him. That is a very good sign indeed.
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@dodo19 (32868)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
11 Mar 16
@Corbin5 It definitely is a good sign.
@LeaPea2417 (20346)
• Toccoa, Georgia
7 Mar 16
That is a sweet story and congrats for being married for 44 years. My husband and I eloped too and we are still married after 28 years.
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
11 Mar 16
@LeaPea2417 That elopement thing does work out pretty well. My parents eloped too and were married for 63 years until my mom passed away.
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@LeaPea2417 (20346)
• Toccoa, Georgia
11 Mar 16
@Corbin5 That is great that they were married for 63 years!
@just4him (116780)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Mar 16
You look like kids. Congratulations on a good long life together. I so remember those styles - both clothes and hair.
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
11 Mar 16
@just4him Those dresses sure were worn short in those days! I was 21 and my husband was 23.
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@just4him (116780)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Mar 16
@Corbin5 Yes they were. Looking at that picture reminds me of my high school days.
• United States
7 Mar 16
That is an awesome love story , thanks for sharing this @Corbin5
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
7 Mar 16
@enlightenedpsych2 Thank you for your kind words. It helps that we are still each others best friend.
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• United States
7 Mar 16
@Corbin5 forever and always !
@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Mar 16
What a lovely story! We've been married 44 years too. You look so young in the photo! About 16!
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
7 Mar 16
@JudyEv My husband was 23 in the photo and I was 21. Congratulations on your 44 years too!
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Mar 16
@Corbin5 If you were 21, couldn't you have married without eloping? Or was it just easier?
@rina110383 (24135)
6 Mar 16
I love reading romantic novels. This beautiful love story of yours moved me to tears. Wishing you more years of happy and healthy marriage.
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
7 Mar 16
@rina110383 Thank you for reading the story. Your kind wishes mean so much to me.
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@rina110383 (24135)
7 Mar 16
@Corbin5 I would always love to read romantic posts. Keep posting=)
• United States
6 Mar 16
Aww such a lovely story and glad you're both still together + happy after 44 years of marriage. Congratulations!
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
7 Mar 16
@infatuatedbby Thank you! We are looking forward to many more years. Our son was married this past December. Hoping for a grandbaby one fine day, but do not want to rush the newlyweds.
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• United States
7 Mar 16
@Corbin5 Hehe, congratulations to your one and only son getting married. Hope for a grand baby soon but yes no rush! They will enjoy their honeymoon stages, hehe.
@sjvg1976 (18386)
• Delhi, India
24 Mar 16
Wow that's great being married for 44 years is long time and easily give me a hint that how my how much you love each other.
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
9 Apr 16
@sjvg1976 I was so fortunate to marry my best friend.
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
19 Mar 16
We've been married for 40 years. Both of us were in it for the long haul. Now we have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. Who could ask for more?
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
19 Mar 16
@Morleyhunt Yes, the long haul is the way marriage should be. Congrats on all those wonderful children and grandchildren. Our son is our only child and he married 3 months ago. Hopefully and grandbaby or two in our future.
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