By Camila Ruffray
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They should have gone back to the mayor, finally it was the mayor who approached them. « 70 years of marriage in the nursing home, it’s a novelty”, says Emmanuel Grandjean, from the Pont-l’Evêque hospital center (Calvados).
It is not the trials of life that can separate Yvette and Jean Bordier. Nothing would have prevented the founders of Maison Bordier from celebrating their platinum wedding, this Saturday, September 24, 2022, surrounded by their loved ones. “A day that confirms a life together. 70 years, and more! “Sums up Jean Bordier with his wife, a resident of the hospital’s nursing home for only a month.
From a reunion to a family
Yvette and Jean met in La Manche, in Villedieu-les-Poêles. “I was fifteen, my boss had asked me to get some butter from his pre-war supplier. I met Mademoiselle there,” recalls the mischievous nonagenarian.
Seven years later, the young Jean was hired by his parents, who had resumed their tours in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (Val-de-Marne). “I found my little piece of butter transformed into a beautiful 16-year-old girl,” continues Jean.
On September 22, 1952, the two lovers say yes in the town hall of Saint-Maur. “After three years a small motillon of butter arrives, and six years later a small motillon arrives. For 70 years, I have never stopped thanking Yvette for giving me two beautiful gifts that we love intensely”, she confesses.
Their children, Jean-Yves and Catherine, gave them six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
a constant presence
Beyond a busy personal life, the two stars of the day have also shared 70 years of professional life. The couple founded the border house in 1952. His butter and cheese they are quickly known and recognized at all tables, from merchants to great palaces.
A race for two in which the master cheesemaker Jean can rest on his wife’s shoulder at all times.
We never part, day and night. It is an opportunity! Some don’t really discover themselves until retirement.
Yvette, his right arm, also gets up at dawn to work with him, while pampering her two children. “Despite all the work they had, he managed to get away so we could have our apple pie in the morning when we woke up,” smiles his son Jean-Yves.
Her husband relishes the luck of having Yvette by his side. Passionate about art and opera, he too attended the events of Parisian life, thus opening the door to encounters and their opportunities. “Everything that women do in the trade and for children is unthinkable,” continues the former cheese master.
“It’s not about being nice to you, it should be done!” »
In 2013, Catherine and her family moved to Pont-l’Evêque. Yvette wants to live near her daughter, Jean no longer recognizes her beloved Paris. The pair then follows them to sink. happy days in normandy. “We were never unhappy together,” Jean says, her tone slightly curt.
United for 70 years, Jean and Yvette know each other inside out and love the totality of the other. “Monsieur has many qualities, the greatest of which is his kindness. He is also very hardworking and his love for me is not bad either”, smiles Yvette. “It’s not about being nice to you, it should be done!” John replies.
who bears witness to his eternal gratitude “I can’t thank you enough for everything you let me do and what you did for me. If he had had a woman like me, he would never have had the life that I had,” says Jean, her voice quivering.
Everything I’ve been through, everything that’s happened to me, is because of her.
A powerful and fusional life together, source of inspiration for their children “Our parents had so much attention for us. They prepared us for existence and for adult life, between cooking smells, incredible evenings, music at home mixing jazz and opera”, remembers Jean-Yves, who “as a 67-year-old boy” testifies to his “incredible luck”.
Accompanied by his sister Catherine: “What immediately comes to mind, it is love. We were educated in love, which in turn allows us to transmit it and make it last; foundational bases that I wish for everyone. We used to say “Bordier, like butter”.
We, before the complicity and tenderness tinged with humor of this couple… We melted!
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