Harry and Dot Robertson join hands in a Valentine's Day dance. The couple, both residents of Wesley Meadows Retirement Community, have been married for 64 years.

Robert Long|DTT

It's been 64 years ago, but Harry and Dot Robertson still remember their first dance together.

"We danced all night long," said Dot, a pretty Alabama-born belle who caught Harry's eye during a time when tunes like "Stardust" played on the radio. And then there was Pat Boone and Patti Page.

"We used to dance to Little Richard, too," added Harry with a twinkle in his eye.

Dot remembers the couple used to "jitterbug" around the dance floor when most dance halls had closed for the evening.

"We had a couple who we were friends with who used to roll back the carpet so we could dance," Dot said.

The couple can still kick up their heels after more than six decades of marriage.

As the longest married couple at Wesley Meadows Retirement Community, Valentine's Day is still something special.

Harry and Dot tied the knot on April 2, 1953.

Harry grew up in Memphis and sold insurance and mutual funds. He knew Dot's mother and asked about her.

"She was just out of the hospital," Harry recalled. "She had just had a gallbladder operation."

Love apparently was the special medicine that helped Dot heal fast and the two decided they were meant for each other.

The couple will spend Valentine's Day together holding hands. A special treat just might be in store.

"She likes chocolate like everybody else," Harry said.

Both are readily able to dispense advice to newlyweds and those who have fallen in love.

"Don't go into a marriage too fast," Harry said. "It's a continual process of getting to know that person. She even shocks me now. You don't want things to get stale."

Dot agrees that marriage is a two-way street, even if it turns into Lovers' Lane.

"It's give and take," Dot said. "I have a few little secrets that I won't share. I would say that he has been easy to live with."

The couple would go on to have two children, a son and a daughter.

"I won't tell you how old they are," said Dot, 90. Harry is 91. They have a grandchild who is the apple of their eyes.

But age is only a number, says Harry.

"The best thing about getting old is that you don't have to do it over," Harry said. "You get to spend time with someone you love."

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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Ruth Hale
Ruth Hale

This is the sweetest thing I've read in a long time! Good for them and I hope my wonderful marriage will last as long as theirs.

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