Give and take
Although quite content with their new arrangement, getting used to each other at their respective ages wasn't always easy.
Forrest, a former pipe welder, admits he is set in his ways, and Rose, who worked as a photographer, concurs.
"He does not cook, absolutely not. He will wash the dishes. Other than that, he figures it's the woman's thing to do the housework," Rose says.
She said her husband likes fried food, steaks and pork chops, while she often insists on healthier meals every day. She usually gets her way: "He eats anything that's in front of him."
Forrest, however, pulls his weight outside the kitchen. "He has a real green thumb. Anything he plants grows," she says.
Forrest says he loves everything about his new wife, especially her dancing. "I like to dance, ballroom dancing," he says. "I think I'm a good dancer. And she can follow me pretty good."
The couple spend every weekday at the senior center, where they have lunch and meet their friends, and just enjoy being together.
"We are very much committed to each other," Rose says. "Just knowing that, we don't have to worry about arguments."
Judi Hasson is a writer in McLean, Va.