Love conquers time

2017-11-01 06:01
Andries Toem (82) and his wife, Mamiki (96), celebrate 60 years of marriage.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Andries Toem (82) and his wife, Mamiki (96), celebrate 60 years of marriage.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Andries Toem (82) and his wife, Mamiki (96), are a true testimony to the idea that love conquers all and that age is nothing but a number.

The elderly couple, who are now housed at the Resthaven Old Age Home, are celebra­ting 60 years of marriage, with love still going strong.

The couple celebrated on Friday (27/10), as the centre only received the copy of their marriage certificate last week.

The couple met years ago when they were farm labourers at Rietpan, where they married in 1957 and started a family before moving to Winsorton.

They have never owned a marriage certificate due to the fact that there was always something getting in the way.

“I can still feel her when we touch. I still love her as much as I did 60 years ago when I married her.

“It is all God’s will and faith that takes us further,” says Andries.

The fact that they differ 14 years in age was nothing strange to Andries, who sees it as a blessing, as it increased the mutual respect and love between them.

“We also never really felt like we were not married, because what mattered to us was what we felt.

“Age ain’t nothing but a number. It is only after 50 years in marriage that you really feel the love strongly.”

They had nine children, of which four have passed away.

Andries has lost count of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“To all those who continue to ask me this question as to how we manage to pull through, I tell them that all you have to do, is to be God’s child and hold on to Him.

“We ended up doing everything together. Even here in the centre they know that the only time I am not near her is when I go to read the Bible.”

The love between the couple was evident, as the only time that the ever-strict Mamiki smiled was when her husband gave her a warm hug.

She highlighted that finding a man “in broad daylight” was the best move that she made.

“Men are found in daylight, when you can see his strengths.

“Not like you young ones who find men in the dark. They will disappoint you,” adds Mamiki.

Congratulating the couple, the centre mana­ger, Bryn Damons, says it was a first for them to have such a couple.

“It only dawned on us when the Department of Home Affairs sent the certificate and a congratulatory message about how blessed we really are.

“One of our staff members arranged for a cake for the celebration,” says Damons.


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