MATTHEWS, NC (WBTV) - It's a romance born of complete and total respect. Just as much as Myrtle and Charles Winchester love each other, they respect each other too.
And both agree that's the ticket to their 75 years of wedded bliss.
It's hard to sit in a room with these two and not get those squishy butterflies flapping around in your stomach. Just spend a few minutes with them, and you can literally fall in love with their love.
After about 11 months of dating, Charles took Myrtle for a ride and pulled off on the side of the road. She didn't know at the time, but Charles has purchased what he calls "a little ring" for her and had it in a box in his pocket.
"We talked for a little while and I asked her if her hands were cold," Charles said. "She said yes so I told her to put her hands in my pocket to warm them."
When Myrtle did, she felt the box and immediately knew what was inside.
"I think I was too happy to cry," Myrtle said.
The couple had 4 children after Charles got back from his tour in Normandy during WW2. The first of those children came just 9 months after a quick visit when Charles had some leave time in Norfolk, VA.
She smiles when she tells the story.
"I got on a train to go see him and 9 months later..." Myrtle hopes you'll let the imagination finish the story.
The two have 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren together. The 75 years of marriage, they say, hasn't seen much strife between them.
"We just don't disagree that much and when we do we have a lot of respect for each other," Charles said.
He also adds he thinks people in the modern age get married before they really know each other. Charles said, "They don't know each other's faults."
With that question, we asked Charles if he had yet figured out Myrtle's faults. "She doesn't have any," he quickly replied.
The couple are very active in their church and give much of the credit to their happy marriage to their strong faith.
Myrtle and Charles also say every night as they drift to sleep, they hold hands.