WHAT makes a marriage last 65 years?
According to Ballarat couple Kit and Jim Carroll, who celebrated this milestone yesterday, an ability to forgive and forget is essential.
Mrs Carroll, 82, said the pair have never allowed an argument to continue for more than a day.
"If we have an argument he forgets it in two minutes," Mrs Carroll said.
Mr Carroll, 88, agreed.
"You have to learn to forgive and forget," he said.
"Ten minutes after an argument I forget about it."
Mrs Carroll was working in a cafe at age 15 when she met her future husband.
Mr Carroll remembers his wife was always smiling and friendly.
Mrs Carroll recalled her husband came to her rescue one day when she burnt the day's supply of pasties.
Mr Carroll bought all of them under one condition - that she let him take her home.
More than 68 years later their union has produced two sons, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
After a lifetime together, Mrs Carroll described her husband as wonderful.
Last night they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with their two children and their families.
It was a triple celebration for the family with Mr Carroll turning 88 yesterday and son Brett celebrating his 36th wedding anniversary.