"We've never taken off our wedding rings.. Ever.. Even for surgery!"
Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) -- It's valentine's day and love is in the air!
For Mac and Joy McCalman of Montgomery, though, love has been in the air for 66 years.
That's how long they've been married.
Joy recalls the first time she ever met her lifelong partner saying, "...church...Baptist church back in Winsborough, Louisiana."
Mac McCalman says he knew immediately she was the one, "It was straw-hat love!" he explains.
"This lady came in with a great big beautiful hat on taking up the whole church, and I asked my friend 'who was that', and he said she's taken."
McCalman says he wasn't so sure about that as the two laughed.
They went on their first date the night Joy graduated from high school and married about six months later.
Mac says, "We joined hands that night and stayed together ever since."
Now three children, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren later they're celebrating 66 years of marriage.
Joy askes her husband, "Was it hard getting married that young?"
Mac: "No, thought nothing of it. Didn't know how old I was."
She was 18, he was 21. Now here they sit with a wealth of wisdom on how to keep love and marriages strong.
Joy says, "We've always been extremely affectionate...never leave the house without saying goodbye, kissing goodbye and we've never taken off our wedding rings.. Ever.. Even for surgery!"
Mac says there are many things a couple can do to keep their marriage a loveaffair, "There are a lot of things they can do.. Love each other, have prayer before bed everynight.. Things that young people don't take advantage of," he says.
The McCalmans enjoy pouring their love into the younger generation and watching them bloom.
Mac taught Sunday School lessons to 14-year old boys for many years and remembers receiving a letter 20 years later and being touched. One of the men from the class wrote telling Mac how much his teachings meant to him.
To spend time with the McCalmans and their family is to feel a true joy and love for life with lots of laughter.
They've experienced their share of pain, including losing a son and husband recently, but still love and this couple's example prevails.
Daughter-in-law Phyllis says, "I married their oldest son and we were married 39 yearrs...great sense of humor he got from his dad and mom."
Daughter Connie says, "It just seems like they've been on their honeymoon all along, showing love constantly to each other."
Now the generations are benefiting.
Christy is a granddaughter. She says, "I've grown up with my grandparents, and their presence has been wonderful."
So on a day when people focus on love the Mccalmans celebrate by counting their blessings.