Love conquers all.
It’s a cliche notion, and one that often draws sneers and eye-rolls from those who haven’t yet found that special partner they’re meant to be with, but it’s also difficult to argue with. Love is more than a simple emotion; it’s a force that drives us every day – whether we know it or not – and it’s capable of producing feats so incredible we can do little but herald their wonder.
Kris Scharoun-DeForge and her husband Paul Scharoun-DeForge know all about love’s ability to upset the odds. The couple, 58 and 54 respectively, were both born with Down’s syndrome, but continue to defy every obstacle set in front of them. As per Reader’s Digest, it’s believed they are the longest married couple with the condition in the world …
Not only have Kris and Paul been together for a long, long time, but their love story is proving a source of inspiration for budding sweethearts the world over. The two sealed their marriage 25 years ago, and the magnetic pull hasn’t waned since.
That much is perfectly clear when you listen to either of the pair speak. Kris explained how the couple first met at a dance 30 years ago, and their attraction was an immediate thing.
“I looked into his eyes and saw my future. He opened up my world.”
Big things for V-Day
The couple make a big thing of celebrating Valentine’s Day every year, despite the fact their love is an obvious all-year-round thing. On V-Day, Kris makes a card for her husband with her own hands, waits for him to get home from work and then the pair go out to eat. They cherish each and every moment spent together, and their bond is unbreakable.
It was on Valentine’s Day 2018, however, that the couple really had something to be pleased with. It was their 25th year of matrimony, and proof to all the naysayers who had claimed people with Down’s weren’t emotionally mature enough to be married that they were wrong.
Needless to say, the couple continue to show their resilience. Unfortunately, Paul has been coping with early-stage dementia, a common illness affecting people with Down’s syndrome. He’s been moved into a community residence with facilities to take better care of him, but Kris is with him every step of the way.