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Delmarva Couples Prove Long-Lasting Love Is Not Just a Fairytale

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SALISBURY, Md.- According to the American Psychological Association, about 40 to 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce. Despite the statistics, there are plenty of couples whose love only grows stronger with each passing year. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, WBOC's Corrina Pysa met with two couples Friday who prove that long lasting love -- the kind everybody hopes for -- is alive and well. 

Two couples, two stories of love that has passed the test of time. 

Bob and Mary Baldwin of Salisbury have been married almost 67 years.

"Joined at the hip," said Mary. "That's the best way I know to describe it."

Robert and Irene Holloway of Harrington, 65 years. 

"We've had a great life together," remarked Robert.

The Holloway's love story began many years ago, at a school assembly. Robert was in 5th grade; Irene was in 6th. 

"She came out and sang and tap danced," Robert recalled. "And I got home that night and we were eating supper, and I told mom and dad, 'I have a new girlfriend.' They said, 'what's her name?' And I said 'I don't know, but I'll tell you tomorrow night.'"

He managed to win her over.

"He was cute when he was little," laughed Irene.

"I just thought she was the prettiest girl in town," said Robert. "I really did. I still do."

They have been together ever since. 

As for Bob and Mary, they met at a Christmas party in their teens. But it wasn't exactly love at first sight. 

"Well, I didn't think much of her," recalled Bob. "She was so snotty. She walked around like she smelled an odor."

Clearly, his opinion has changed. This August, they will celebrate 67 years of marriage together. 

"It's just a feeling that's inside of you that just keeps growing with the years, through thick and thin," Mary explained.

How did they do it? 

"Because she always gets her way," Bob said. 

"Well, because we were friends first, I think," Mary quickly countered. "And when you develop a good friendship, then the rest just comes naturally."

Both couples say their secret is simple. 

"I think you have to listen to each other," explained Irene. "And, you know..." 

"Give and take," Robert said, finishing his wife's thought. 

"Give and take, yeah," agreed Irene.

"He's always there and I'm always there for him," Mary noted. 

Valentine's Day advice, for a love to last a lifetime. 

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