Couple share happy marriagesecrets

2017-02-14 06:02
Gail and Jim Hawkins share secrets of a happy marriage. Photo: Lisa Marie Photography

Gail and Jim Hawkins share secrets of a happy marriage. Photo: Lisa Marie Photography

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IN the 1970s, when Gail (62) and Jim (63) Hawkins frequented the Pinetown Drive-in, little did they know that their lives would change forever then.

From high school sweethearts, to best friends to life partners the couple has spent more than 40 years together.

“It was love at first sight,” says Jim and for Gail dating the captain of the first rugby team was a dream.

The couple dated for six years and got married in 1976.

“Our honeymoon was backpacking through Europe for two months, which was the start of the adventurous side of our marriage.

“Since then sky diving, paragliding, microlighting, white- water rafting, wilderness trails and many more have been added to the list,” says Gail.

The couple have two children and three grandchildren and both say that every day is Valentine’s Day for them because they are blessed with a loving marriage.

“We don’t need a specific day to celebrate our love, we do that every day,” says Jim.

When asked what their secret to their long and happy marriage is they says couples need to “keep life simple”.

“Work together towards long-term goals. Tell each other that you love them daily. Hold hands. Have a silly little ritual - we kiss on escalators, and most of all, [there is] no jealousy,” they say.

Another tip they impart is that couples shouldn’t try and keep up with the Joneses.

“Do what's best for your relationship and make sure you have balance in every aspect of your life,” they added.

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