Hurricanes aren’t exactly known for harboring anything other than mass destruction and, on occasion, loss of life. We fear them, as we should, and breathe a sigh of relief once they’re over. Their names often live on in infamy but for one special couple, they’re reminding us to smile and find the joy in the little things.
Harvey and Irma Schluter, ages 104 (him) and 93 (her) have been married for over 75 years. They wed in 1942 and neither husband nor wife have ever experienced a hurricane.
The adorable couple lives in Spokane, Washington, and have led quite a full life. Together, they have opened their home to 120 foster children. After serving his country in the military, Harvey became a barber and he, along with Irma, lead Sunday School every week.
Imagine the shock when they found out that two consecutive hurricanes share the same names as them! “I don’t know how they’ve done that, to have a Harvey and Irma,” Irma said. “I don’t know how that worked out.”
Harvey has been used as a storm name since 1981, whereas Irma was just introduced this year to replace Irene. In 2011, Irene was the name of a massive storm that hit the east coast, devastating it.
Considering the magnitude and mass destruction of both Harvey and Irma, it’s probably safe to say both names will be retired after this year.