And to think it might have turned out differently.
When Jimmy Carter first proposed, Rosalynn Smith — as she was known then — rejected him. Why? She had made a promise to her dying father she’d finish college first.
As she recounted in her memoir, “First Lady from Plains,” the pair grew up three years and three miles apart.
There were no girls in town who were her age. So Rosalynn became best friends with Jimmy’s younger sister.
“I thought he was the most handsome young man I had ever seen,” she wrote in her memoir.
The pair went on their first date in 1945. They married the following year.
He was 21. She was 18.
That’s not to say it’s been easy sailing all through. Take the time the couple decided to write a book together.
“It would be like God had given her this text at Mt. Sinai and she had brought it down and presented it to me in stone.”
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article said the Carters have been married more than 75 years. They’ve been married more than 73 years.