Thirty-eight years of marriage, and Kim and Marlene Cody still hold hands.
Their long marriage follows a short courtship. The Whitestone couple tied the knot after only six months.
“And they said it wouldn’t last,” Marlene, 56, said.
Though she was born and raised in Whitestone and her husband moved there when he was three, they didn’t meet until they were young adults.
The first time Kim, 62, saw Marlene was when he was working as a rookie cop at a carnival in the parking lot of Shea Stadium.
But the two did not officially meet until a year-and-a-half later, in the summer of 1975, at the Whitestone Pool where Kim was a lifeguard.
By December they were married.
Almost two decades later they have two sons, William, 36 and Jason, 31, and six grandchildren, ranging from eight weeks to 10 years old.
Marlene stayed home to raise her children, while Kim worked his way through the NYPD, retiring as a detective in 1995.
The two now volunteer together for the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association. Kim is the president and his wife is the vice president.
Though the two at times “agree to disagree,” they enjoy working together.
They also put a lot of work into their relationship.
“Every marriage is a series of ups and downs, and when you are with the ups, enjoy, and when you are with the down part of it, work through it,” Kim said.
On weekends they like to go on “adventures,” such as motorcycle rides, trips to the beach and fishing on their boat.
“We enjoy each other’s company after all these years. As a matter of fact we finish each other’s sentences,” Kim said.
As the winners of The Queens Courier Valentine’s Day Couples Contest, they will receive a gift certificate to Christie & Co. Salon • Spa.