Valentine’s Day – Norma and Arthur’s story
February 9, 2021
Valentine’s Day- what a wonderful day to celebrate love! Sunshine Coast Be clients Norma and Arthur will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this year.
Celebrating a long and successful marriage, Norma says she feels so lucky to have Arthur by her side. “We always get out of the house together and enjoy each other’s company- we have a wonderful friendship,” said Norma.
Norma and Arthur met back in the United Kingdom at the young age of 17. It was the last college dance of the season and Arthur had caught Norma’s eye across the dance floor. Feeling confident and keen to get to know this young gentleman, Norma made her way over to ask Arthur to dance. And just like that, they have been together ever since.
And just like that, they have been together ever since.
They have two daughters and 11 years ago the couple joined their daughters and moved to Australia. “We absolutely love where we live and feel so grateful to enjoy this wonderful place with our children, grandchild and even our three great-granddaughters,” said Norma.
Nine years ago, the couple experienced a very challenging time with Norma battling cancer. Through this difficult time Arthur was by her side every day as Norma received treatment. “I told him I wasn’t going anywhere yet! Everyday I feel so blessed to have this wonderful man in my life”, said Norma.
So what’s their secret to a successful marriage? Norma shares that her and Arthur feel it is important to keep the spark alive and choose each other every day. “We are there for each other every day, through thick and thin. Doing life together and getting through things together is what keeps us happy. We really do enjoy each other’s company,” said Norma.
Norma and Arthur have been Be clients for over a year now and enjoy social support activities such as attending Kawana Companions. Norma shared, “Be are so wonderful for the community. We just love going to social events and enjoy the company of other clients.”