At an age when many people can no longer walk, two Ohio lovebirds have run off and eloped.

John and Phyllis Cook, who are upstairs-downstairs neighbors at a senior living facility, were planning a ceremony when they went to the courthouse last week to apply for a marriage license. But when they found out they could get hitched on the spot, “I said, ‘Good. Let’s get it over with,'” the 100-year-old John says.

That’s not to say it was an irresponsible decision. They’d been dating for more than a year, and knew they shared a special bond early on, Phyllis says. “To tell you the truth, we fell in love with each other,” the 102-year-old recalls. “I know you think that may be a little bit farfetched for somebody our age, but we fell in love with each other.” John adds, “We were just compatible in a whole lot of ways; found ourselves enjoying each other’s company.”

If one of them was your parent or grandparent, would you have encouraged the marriage?


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