Few people can claim to have been with the person they fell in love with as a teenager for more than 50 years.
Even fewer people can state that they are still married after several years of correspondence.
The renowned “Barefoot Contessa” and television personality Ina Garten has been married to Jeffrey for more than 50 years. The two met when they were just 15 years old, and they are now 70 and 71, respectively.
Garten and Jeffrey first encountered one other in 1963 while Garten was visiting her brother at Dartmouth College. Shortly after, he wrote her an introduction letter and enclose a photo of himself.
Garten was allegedly overcome with delight after reading the letter and yelled to her mother, “Mom, Mom, you’ve got to see this image of this boy.” He’s so adorable!
Following that, they started dating. Five years later, in 1968, they got married.
However, Jeffrey was sent to Thailand for a short time following their wedding. He was forced to keep writing letters to his future bride while serving in the army.
Garten joined in too, and for a while the two corresponded to one other distantly. Since they could only talk on the phone once a year, letters started to play a big role in their relationship.
When he was gone from his wife, Jeffrey allegedly wrote a letter to her every day.
They rejoined when he eventually came back, and they started trying to schedule dates. They started going to Paris frequently, especially on their anniversary. They eventually started to think of the city as their second home.
For years, Jeffrey commuted daily to Yale University in Connecticut, where he holds a professorial position in the school of management.
The two would primarily interact on weekends because Ina worked from their East Hampton, New York, home.
As a result, Jeffrey made an effort to keep expressing his love for his wife in daily letters to her.
The two were finally able to spend a lot of time together in 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily forced everyone indoors.
Jeffrey didn’t stop mailing his wife love letters even then!