EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLOVE FOR ALL AGES
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Couples Prove It's Never Too Late To Fall In Love
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Feb. 14, 2013 4:03 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 15, 2013 7:17 AM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Everyone is capable of finding love, whether it be when you are young, or young at heart.
"He's just amazing to be around," Sandra Rawlings said.
"I told the guys in the band, 'I'm going to ask her out one of these days,' " Rodney Miles said.
Just listening to this couple, they sound like they are young and in love.
So happy and so sweet, just like a young couple in love, but in reality, Sandra and Rodney are 66 years old.
Still happy and still sweet, they have found love later in life.
Sandra and Rodney have been a couple for the past five years.
They met years after they each went through divorces.
Sandra said at the time, she wasn't even looking for love.
"I was looking for a friend -- someone to talk to, someone to go places with. That's all
I wanted,” Sandra said. “And it worked out good. But it was hard going on that first date."
They started coming to the Hansford Center in St. Albans. They say the day they first saw each other was the day they also learned to love again.
But love, this time around, had a new meaning.
"Becoming friends is the key to the whole thing. The intimacy can come later. Just take your time," Rodney said.
The same goes for Andy Naopoli, 90, and his young girlfriend, Lillian Gross, 77.
Both of their spouses passed away several years ago.
Andy and Lillian said they had no desire to meet anyone else.
They are constantly together -- taking trips, exercising and, doing what they do best, dancing.
They have chosen to not tie the knot. And they're happy with that decision.
"When you marry, there's always someone who wants to be the boss,” Andy said. “You get a certificate and someone always takes over - whoever gets their first, whether it be the man or the woman."
Experts said the older we get, the more set we are in our ways.
And many think, once a love is lost, they'll never learn to love again.
"It's hard and it's scary because you've been hurt and you don't want to go through that again," Sandra said.
But now in the spirit of Valentine's Day, these couples can serve as a true inspiration that, no matter what, you must remember the meaning of love, whatever it may be.
Because, without an open heart, you may be missing out on someone who has been waiting for you all along.
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