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Carlton Senior Living Fremont | February 20, 2019 | By Jessica Beck

Melanie and Seiji’s Secret to Love

Seiji & Melanie Yoshinobu
Established 1960

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” ~Robert Henri

Melanie and Seiji, high school sweethearts, first met when she was 14 and he was 17. Their families knew one another and they both were accomplished students. Seiji was a star on the football team and Melanie was a cheerleader that caught his eye. He was intrigued by her hula dancing. Their first date was at El Patio in Monterey. Yet, for Melanie it was certainly not love at first sight, in fact she recalls she “hated him, he was too macho!” Yet, after sometime of getting to know one another she knew he was the one and loved his athleticism. To her he was truly “brains and bronze” as they say. Coincidentally enough, Melanie was the first to say I love you.

Seiji proposed to Melanie in Pacific Grove on the beach, they were married in 1960 in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The first dance they shared, as husband and wife, was Elvis Presley, “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Together they believe that having children kept them going, kept the family together and made their lives better.

Their secret to a lasting marriage, it’s all about commitment. In their words, “Through thick and thin; put your partner first. Always stay by their side, until death does you part!”