Budding love and seasoned sweethearts share that lovin’ feeling

2010-02-13 00:00

PAT and Steve Maritz will share their 52nd Valentine’s Day this year.

When Steve saw Pat at a friend’s wedding in the fifties, he told the groom she was the girl he would marry.

True to his word, they were married the next year.

“We help one another,” said Pat. “That is why our marriage works.”

Although very different personalities — “He loves farming, while I love ballet,” said Pat — the couple say love is sharing your life with another person.

With four children and eight grandchildren, the Maritzes have busy lives.

This Valentine’s Day, the pair will have friends over for lunch.

Steve said they have spent many happy Valentine’s Days together.

“But every day is special,” said Pat. “We are just glad to be together.”

While the Maritzes are celebrating 52 years of companionship, the boys at Maritzburg College are trying to find love this Valentines Day.

Yesterday, the school received what the college’s Graham Bennett, head of marketing, described as “a thousand roses”.

Every Valentine’s Day, pupils have the opportunity to send their sweethearts from other schools roses.

Unlike many boys his age, Josh Dempers — a prefect at Maritzburg College — likes the idea of a life-long love.

“Once you’ve found someone who you feel is the one, it’s nice to settle down,” he said, clutching a handful of roses.

He will be celebrating his first Valentine’s Day with his girlfriend whom, he says, his pa­rents love.

Some of the other boys aren’t convinced. “We express our love on the field,” said Chaka Ngubane. The group of boys surrounding Chaka nodded in solemn agreement.

“For these boys, love is a rugby ball,” said Bennett.

But Chaka conceded that, should he need to date, he’d “probably take the girl for a walk and a milkshake.”

The girls at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School may be disappointed at the boys’ nonchalant attitude to romance, especially when prefect Phindile Mthembu’s idea of love is “a feeling that gets you excited, one that gives you butterflies”.

A group of five prefects admitted to all having been in love.

According to Sarah van Rensburg, love is “starry nights and sunsets”.

Josh Dempers, Maritzburg College

Once you’ve found someone who you feel is the one, it’s nice to settle down.

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