On a day when storefronts use red paper hearts to advertise love, one couple who has lived out that four letter word for 67 Valentine’s Days is spending it in the front row of Saint John Neumann Catholic Church.
One of the secrets to the Fuad and Layla Mishu’s nearly seven-decade-long marriage isn’t just sharing a love for one another, but also share a love of their Catholic faith.
"We are Christian, Catholic, and were taught when you marry, you marry forever,” Fuad Mishu said.
"Whatever difficulties we have, we remember that we are forever,” his wife, Layla Mishu added.
The Mishus met when they were neighbors living in Iraq. They moved to Knoxville nearly 40 years ago.
“He was so handsome then, not like now,” Layla Mishu laughed. The two laugh often, but they say, ‘I’m sorry,” nearly as much.
"Don't be mad at each other too long. Makeup quickly. If it's too long, it's gone,” Layla Mishu advises.
"If you have a problem in the daytime, solve it in the evening time,” Fuad Mishu laughs.
The two said they planned on going out to dinner together, and try to do something special every Valentine’s Day, even after decades of marriage.
“Let me tell you, I am the happiest person in the world," Fuad Mishu said.