Love Can Last a
By Carmel Melouney
Sunday Telegraph 10/2/2008
Patience is the secret to a happy
After 60 years of marriage, Pat and Ron Spring
are certainly qualified to share the secrets of lasting
And as couples across the country prepare to
celebrate Valentine's Day on Thursday, Mr and Mrs Spring
have revealed the reason behind their successful union:
agreeing to disagree.
"Well, we've had our disagreements but never
any big arguments," Mrs Spring, 85, said. "We just seem to
agree on things.
"We agreed together to move from Bondi
Junction to Macquarie Fields in 1975," Mr Spring, 86, said,
"and we've been in the same house ever
Fred and Rukmanie Jacob, of Castle Hill in
northwest Sydney, have lived by the same agreement as Mr and
The couple have endured many ups and downs in
their 60 year marriage but have learned to avoid arguments
and to be patient with one another.
"My wife is very tolerant," Mr Jacob, 88,
said, "and her cooking is perfect - I don't like eating
Mrs Jacob said: "And my husband avoids
arguments and maintains he is the boss, and I think that's
The Jacobs celebrated their diamond
anniversary on January 7 with a church service at St Paul's
Anglican Church in Carlingford and a family
Mrs Jacob, 78, wore her original wedding
dress, a silk sari.
The couple were married in Nagercoil, India,
in 1948 and migrated to Australia in 1988.
They have four children - Mohan, Ajit, Annelie
and Paul - as well as five grandchildren.
In true romantic style, the Springs met by
chance, but their paths could have easily missed one
"I sent a comfort parcel to Australian
soldiers overseas during World War II, and Ron was the
recipient of my parcel," Mrs Spring said. "He wrote a letter
of thanks, and told me he would like to meet when he
returned from New Guinea."
This auspicious first date took place in
Sydney's CDB in 1946, and was soon followed by a 12-month
"We were married on January 31, 1948, at Crows
Nest Presbyterian Church," Mrs Spring
The couple have been blessed with three
children - Ian, Jennifer and Colin - as well as none
grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
"In our day, the groom would not see the
bride's gown until the wedding day, but we threw that out
the window and bought the dress together on lunchtime," Mr
"And then we went home to tell my mother," Mrs
Fred and Rukmanie Jacob's five