A Lifetime of Valentine’s Days

By Dr. Charles D. Schmitz and Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz
"the marriage doctors"

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Valentine’s Day is always a good day to reflect on a lifetime of love. In our case, our love affair with each other has lasted some 42 years. Can you imagine – over four decades of Valentine’s Days with one person! And we can tell you this – we have interviewed many couples over the years whose marriage longevity has surpassed ours, dwarfed us – often extending into over six decades of life together.

We remember February 14, 1966 so well. Charley proposed to Liz and then we went dancing until the wee hours of the morning to the sounds of Count Basie. It was so much fun to discover love and to be in love. The Count sealed the deal with his “hold on tight to the one you love” music! What a night! What four decades of love it has been. And if you haven’t grooved to the sounds of the Count, you should do it today! His albums are everywhere and easy to purchase. He was the conductor of the quintessential American jazz orchestra. Getting his autograph that night was wonderful! In fact, we still remember to this day his words after he did so – “Hey, man, can I borrow this pen to sign autographs for other’s? “Of course, “Charley said. The Count passed on but the memories of him lives on every Valentine’s Day.

Ever since Charley proposed to Liz on Valentine’s Day in 1966, our lives together have been a continuing celebration of this important anniversary of love.

On February 14, 1977 Charley passed the final oral examination over his doctoral dissertation. Dr. Charles D. Schmitz came into being that day. And three years later, Liz passed her final oral examination over her dissertation on Valentine’s Day as well, and another Dr. Schmitz was born! Dr. and Dr. Schmitz – “the marriage doctors.”

By now, you have figured out that Valentine’s Day is an important day in the lives of Charley and Liz. You figured right! It gets better.

On Valentine’s Day, 1982 we began the research project about successful marriage that led to the recent publication of our new book entitled, Golden Anniversaries: The Seven Secrets of Successful Marriage. And as you have probably guessed, we finished the final product on Valentine’s Day, 2007.

So here we are – Valentine’s Day, 2008 and tonight we will do a book signing for our new book before and after the romantic concert by Michael Feinstein at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis. Some 1400 people are expected. We are excited about sharing the gift of love on Valentine’s Day 2008 with so many people.

So here we are – full circle. A Valentine’s Day filled with celebration and memories – with love and hope – filled with friends like you.

On this Valentine’s Day 2008 we thank all of you for your support, for your encouragement, and for your love. You have enriched our lives in so many ways. We are glad to celebrate our labor of love with you. We hope you will celebrate your Golden Anniversaries together like we have.

Thanks for the memories. Thanks for your support. Thanks for being in love.

Author's Bio: 

Now you can order the Doctors' new book entitled , Golden Anniversaries: The Seven Secrets of Successful Marriage at Amazon.com or from their website with FREE Images of Love DVD. With 25 years of research experience on successful marriage and their own 41-year marriage, Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz know what makes marriage work. From their hundreds of interviews with happily married couples, representing 15,000 years of marriage, they've discovered the seven pervasive characteristics present in all successful marriages. Their book exposes the secrets for success through these poignant, real life stories.

Get started with “the marriage doctors” by taking their Marriage Quiz or asking them a question at Ask The Marriage Doctors or downloading their FREE eBook at Salad Recipes For Love and Health.

During their distinguished careers the Doctors have received some 60 local, state, and national awards; published nearly 200 articles and manuscripts; delivered over 1000 speeches, workshops and public presentations; traveled throughout the world; and appeared on radio and television and in the print media. Dr. Charles D. Schmitz is Dean and Professor of Family and Counseling Therapy at the University of Missouri in St. Louis and Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz is President of Successful Marriage Reflections, LLC.

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