The secret to Dorothy and Cameron Forbes’s marriage is simple.
“We’re suited to one another, I suppose,” Dorothy, 93, said in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon. “We respect each other.”
Dorothy and her husband, who recently turned 100, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in January. The North Attleborough pair married on Jan. 21, 1939.
Their first date “wasn’t anything special,” Dorothy said. But it marked a turning point in their lives. Since that summer day in 1937, they have rarely been apart, she said.
Dorothy first met her husband on a family trip to Rhode Island. Her cousin brought along his friend Cameron, then 23, but it was not love at first sight, she said.
“I thought he was nice,” she said. “It wasn’t love or anything. I guess he must have thought I was OK, too.”
In the days after their first meeting, Cameron and Dorothy, who was 17, began going on drives together. On their first official date, they went on a convertible ride along the water with Dorothy’s cousin and his girlfriend.
“We sat in the rumble seat and just looked at each other,” she said.
When Dorothy graduated from high school about two years later, they got married in Saint Mary’s Church in North Attleborough.
Dorothy said she did not want to “make a fuss” about the anniversary publicized first in The Sun Chronicle in Attleboro, because she gets embarrassed by too much attention.
But her family persuaded her to go out to dinner. When she and Cameron arrived, they were surprised to find a room full of family and friends there to celebrate.
“Oh, it was a nice night,” she said. “We had a lovely chicken dinner.”
The couple has three sons, Scott, the oldest, and twins Greg and Grant.
They also have eight grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren scattered across the state and the country. A few have moved away, she said, but she still keeps in touch.
Dorothy said that she and Cameron love to go out to dinner, go for walks, and shop at the mall.
But her fondest memories happened when they went on those long-ago drives.
“One time when we were first going together, we drove up to Mount Wachusett in the convertible and had hot chocolate,” said Dorothy. “That was a nice day .”
The memories of their life together — she said she remembers them all — make her smile every day.
And at 100, she said, Cameron still looks pretty good.
“I still love him,” she said.Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @jacktemp.