Snapshot of a Marriage | Eddie & Mitzou, Married 57 Years

With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was time to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage.

Mitzou had just graduated from high school in France when she spotted an advertisement for a secretary position at a nearby American Air Force base. Her parents weren’t too keen on the idea of her working there, but they agreed she could apply if she could make the 35 mile trip home every evening. Mitzou found a bus route that matched her hours, and applied for the job.

On her first day of work, she spotted Eddie. “The first thing I saw was this young American GI standing in the middle of the room. Our eyes met, and it was an instantaneous feeling for both of us! In French we call it coup de foudre which, word for word, means strike of lightning.”

After that strike of lightning, Eddie got up the nerve to ask Mitzou on a date, and they’ve been together ever since. While Eddie was in the Air Force, they were stationed in Turkey, Germany and France. After he retired, they traveled around the United States before settling in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

What’s the key to their happy marriage? “I want Eddie to be happy and it works both ways,” Mitzou tells me. “I know it sounds a little bit mushy, but that is how we feel!” Eddie agrees, wholeheartedly. “I do feel exactly the same!”

Mitzou shares one of their tricks for surviving an argument: “No matter how angry we get, one of us will say I love you anyway and that makes us smile and hug each other.”

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SNAPSHOT SUBMISSIONS  Do you know a married couple whose relationship you admire? Or maybe you're married and want to share your words of wisdom! We're now accepting submissions from couples who have been married for ten years or longer. Email Emily at with your first names, how long you've been married, and a few sentences about why you'd like to be interviewed for our Snapshot of a Marriage series.


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