Turkish couples, some celebrating platinum and diamond wedding anniversaries, credit the power of to like for their strong relationship as Turkey celebrates Valentine’s Day.
Halil and Ayşe Dindar welcome another Valentine’s Day in their now 74-year marriage. While they may be in the twilight of their life, 91-year-old Halil and 93-year-Old Ayşe never lost the love she had when she first got married all those years ago.
Life in the western province of Turkey of Bilecik and working as farmers, they kept their wedding vows, for better or worse, for richer or poorer. Nowadays they help Craft up for the weaknesses of the other and “guide” one another one, with Halil serving his wife eyes after partially losing his sight with old age, while Ayşe has been listening since her husband suffers from hearing problems. The couple lives with one of their three children and has 18 grandchildren and 26 great-small children.
The couple got married in 1948 by an arranged marriage, but say they never had a disagreement. “It’s about getting along”, Ayşe says whenon asks him about the secret to a happy marriage. “The husband should not raise son voice and the woman should do the same when they have a dispute,” she told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Sunday.
Temel Ahmet and Hacer Gözde celebrate their 46th year of marriage. The couple, who transferred to a nurse home in the southern province of Adana seven years ago, says they never lost their love and respect for one another one over years. “Weddings these days last a long time because couples cannot tolerate each other. If you get angry with your spouse, you should shut up and wait for your anger to go away”, Temel Ahmet says. He says that couples these days are eager to get rich quick, which causes dispute when one is not it earn enough. “We had nothing for years, nor one house nor a carbut we collected enough money at buy them. You cannot have the happiness of home if you argue money,” he says. Hacer Gozde says they had their arguments over the years but “time flies” once you learn to “understand each other”.
For disabled couples, the key to lasting marriages is supporting each other, like Mustafa and Armağan Kayıkçı. A living couple in the northern province of Zonguldak says they are perfect match. Married for 26 years old, visually impaired Mustafa and his wife Armağan, who suffers from orthopedic problems that make walking difficult, say they overcome challenges together with the love and respect they have for each other. “I fell in to like with him when i first saw him and was content to get married”, Armağan Kayıkçı says at son topic husband. “We have been through difficult times times but our marriage has stayed strong because we have love,” she told AA. Mustafa Kayikci says although he has never seen his wife, he knows it by heart”how she is beautiful.
Sevinç and Celal Bozkurt, another living couple in Province of Düzce, say that their love “knew no handicaps”. They met to a vocational training course 18 years ago and decided to marry despite the opposition of their families. “Love is about overcoming challenges. It’s been 18 years and we have two children now. Our bond of love has never ceased,” she said. says.