Mr. Tran Quoc Thao (SN 1924) and Phan Thi Yen (SN 1928), in Ich Hau commune (Loc Ha district, Ha Tinh province) are the oldest husband and wife in this locality. Although they are old, they are still very sharp. In particular, the love of the two elderly people makes many people jealous.
Mr. Thao said that the couple formerly lived in two communes next to each other, just a distance from a rice field.
At the age of 20, he joined the youth volunteer movement during the anti-French period. He was assigned the task of transporting goods at stations from Thanh Hoa to Dien Bien province.
During this time, Mr. Thao met and became acquainted with Mr. Yen, also participating in the youth volunteer movement. At first sight, they did not forget each other. Despite wars and bombs, their love deepened.
“When we joined the youth volunteer movement, we rarely saw each other, but from the first time I met her, I fell in love with her. Then, every time we had a chance to meet, we just hurriedly asked each other. After a few sentences, they gave each other flowers and then had to break up to do the task,” said Mr. Thao.
In 1947, the two decided to come together by a small wedding. No longer participating in the youth volunteer movement, the two elderly people are in charge of work in the village. Then, in turn, six children were born. In addition to working in the village, Mr. Thao goes to trade to earn money to support his wife and children.
There are days when rice is not enough to eat, clothes are not enough to wear, the two have to fast to give rice to their children. With love and sacrifice, the husband and wife have overcome all difficulties together, raising their children to become people.
“There are many children at home, sometimes there is no rice in the house, so the husband and wife have to grind cassava, grind potatoes to cook porridge for the children to eat. Almost everyone at that time was difficult,” said Mr. Thao.
Mr. Thao has turned 99 years old, and Mrs. Yen is 95 years old and has 21 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Every Tet or holiday, children and grandchildren gather to fill the whole small house of the old couple.
“My first son is also 75 years old this year, the youngest is 58 years old. Both grandchildren and great-grandchildren are 50 people,” said Thao with a smile.
Although they are old, they are still very sharp. Especially, Mr. Thao still walks to the market more than 1km from home every day, then cooks with his wife. The two of them live together without having to worry about their children and grandchildren.
However, life is not always smooth. From time to time, Yen still “gets jealous” with her husband. His children and grandchildren said that there were times because of jealousy that Yen fasted for 2 days.
“At the beginning of December 2022, at that time, Mr. Thao went out to play with his children and grandchildren, the village made her jealous and refused to eat or drink anything. She kept lying down and refused to eat, asking anything but did not say anything, making her children worried. Everyone I thought the old woman was sick, but it wasn’t until the old man talked, explained and coaxed him to sit up and eat,” said Tran Quoc Hung, grandson of Mr.
Sharing the secret of a long and healthy life, the couple said that the motto is to always keep an optimistic life, think positive things, and eat and exercise at the same time. sport moderation.
“I must always keep an optimistic spirit, everything has a solution. I always teach my children to always be a kind person. The happiest thing for me and my wife now is that all children and grandchildren are obedient. be gentle, become good citizens,” said Mr. Thao.
Mr. Phan Ba Dau, Chairman of the Elderly Association of Ich Hau Commune, said that Mr. Thao and Mrs. Yen are the oldest couple in the locality. In life, the old man and his wife always set an example, followed the policy, policy of the state, actively participating in village movements.