Congratulations are in order for Shirley and Bill Penson, an Australian couple who celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary over the weekend. In a video interview with 7News Sydney, they shared some wise advice.

When asked whether it feels like a long time, Shirley answers, “It feels like 170 sometimes!” to which her husband giggles. “Life’s what you make it,” she says. “You can have a happy marriage that you just put up with each other, or you can have one that, you know, you have a bit of this and a bit of that, and you come out of it like we do. We never go to bed without saying ‘I love you’ and give each other a kiss, and if we’ve had an argument or difference of opinion, it’s always fixed before we go to bed.”


“The first day I met him I fell in love with him, and I’m still in love with him,” Shirley notes, practically not letting her husband get a word in edgewise!

Shirley then gets real with some advice on what couples should and shouldn’t do in their relationship. “We’ve had our differences of opinion, and I would be telling you big fibs if we didn’t, but nothing major. But I’ve told everybody that we know: you’ve got talk things over, you have to discuss things. You don’t just go and do whatever you want to do and then hope that the other half thinks that it will be alright,” Shirley says. “As long as he does what he’s told, we’re both alright,” she concludes.

Watch the sweet video here:

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