February 14, 2013
Valentines Day is a day that couples everywhere can reminisce on when they first met, their first kiss or their first Valentines Day together. One Charlottesville couple doesn't remember too many of those specific details because it seems like they've been together forever.
The Thacker's have been married for 69 years but they've been friends for even longer. And that's all Earl and Wibby can remember: just being together.
"It doesn't feel like it's that long! How about that?," said Wibby.
Growing up as neighbors in Belmont, Earl going off to World War 2, then getting married and starting their own family in Charlottesville, as the years went on there was never a doubt in either of their minds.
"Wibby had everything that I wanted and needed and I had everything she needed and wanted," Earl said.
"We don't always agree on everything but I don't expect everyone to agree on everything anyhow. So we're not by ourselves. But very few things that we don't really agree but we don't say anything. You don't let things get in the way of your good times you just don't do it," Wibby added."
Earl and Wibby have three children with families of their own. And as adults, they now realize lots of people don't have parents that are still in love and still together.
"It has been inspiring," their daughter, Sandy Breeden said. "When you're a teenager it really doesn't make a lot of difference or at least it didn't with me. And then your twenties you don't start realizing until later how fortunate you are to have had your parents."
Now, even at a different stage in their life, Breeden says her parents never stopped taking care of each other and never will.
"You know, I'll go in and they'll be in bed napping and dad will wake up and he'll lift his head up and say 'Is momma still over there? What's she doin? Wake her up,'" she said.
This Valentines Day, Earl and Wibby have almost too much to look back on and be thankful for. While they may not remember their first date or first kiss, they do know what love feels like.
"We've had a life that most people don't have and I've never had a pain in my heart," Earl said.
Their 70th anniversary is in August.