Well, you know what they say;It’s never too old for love. We just gathered that a Brazilian pensioner, Valdemira Rodrigues de Oliveira who is believed to be the world’s oldest person to get engaged after she said the magic word “YES” to her 66yr old lover Aparecido Dias Jacob in a ceremony last Saturday.
Apparently they were warned by doctors about going through with the engagement.Medics had assessed their health and age and warned the duo as they would not be able to live on their own.
But after three years together, the senior romantics, who have separate rooms at Nossa Senhora Fatima retirement home in Pirassununga, south east Brazil, were determined to prove age is no barrier to finding your soul mate. The elderly sweethearts exchanged engagement rings in a betrothal service organised by volunteers under an initiative called the ‘Project of Dreams’ and the event was no puny affair. It was lavishly decorated with a four-tier cake, flowers, cupid ornaments and scattered rose petals. Valda looked her best in a white dress with a fancy in her hair, pearls around her neck, nails painted and comfortable slippers.
She walked down the aisle with her Zimmer-frame decorated with roses.
In a statement by the bride , she said:
“I fell in love with him. I like him a lot. If he dies, I die too.”
The two lovers have never been engaged. At the altar, the couple couldn’t hold back from sealing the occasion with a passionate kiss before taking their vows in front of the 150 invited guests.
After a short message and prayer, the happy couple said “yes” to stay loyal to each other and exchanged engagement rings.
The groom said:
“I fell in love with Valda from the moment I saw her. I know she’s a little older than me, but that doesn’t matter because she makes me really happy.
“I asked her to marry me and we always believed it would happen but getting engaged is a step forward for us right now.”
The inseparable couple spend all day with each other, chatting, eating their meals together and sitting side by side in the home.
“I know it’s not going to happen but I would have loved to be able to wash Jaco’s clothes, cook his meals and look after him like a wife,” Valda said.
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