#MyHeart and I met when we were 5 and 6 years old

For the month of February, IOL is inviting our readers to tell us who they love and why to stand a chance of winning amazing prizes in our #MyHeart competition.

Our next winner is Lisle Buttress, who submitted the following entry.

The person who holds my heart is my husband. Here is our story:

We’ve known each other since we were 5 and 6 years old, respectively.

We grew up together, as our respective parents were family friends.

As a teenager, I didn’t care much for him, as I found him to be very self-absorbed and conceited. However, over time, my feelings changed (slowly but surely).

We had an on/off relationship all through our teenage years and he eventually ended up being my matric dance partner.

Our relationship (stronger by now) continued until our college years and beyond, into our working careers.

We eventually tied the knot.

Today, 23 years later, we are still happily married with two beautiful daughters.

We continue to have our weekly date-nights and weekends away, as we believe that these occasions are important for any relationship to strive.

We have really come a long way since our childhood friendship, overcoming so many obstacles and barriers.

We have been taunted by many of our friends, who cannot believe that we haven’t outgrown each other after all these years!

Most importantly, we have become an inspiration – not only to our girls, but also to our friends and everyone we have a connection with.

If this story is not an inspirational fairy-tale, then I don’t know what is.

Yes, my husband is my best friend, my soul mate and #MyHeart story.


Lisle Buttress 

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How to enter:

Tell us who you love and why. The IOL team is passionate about news for the heart of South Africa and we want to hear about who holds your heart. Whether it’s the love of your life, your BFF, your cat, your mom, your boss or your second-removed cousin on your grandmother’s side, we want to know why you appreciate them so much.

If you are our pick for the best story of the day, you will win one of our amazing prizes and be entered into the grand prize draw.

So send an email to iolcompetitions@inl.co.za telling us your #MyHeart story.

You can also DM us on Facebook or Twitter, or tag us on Instagram.

Or download our app on Android or IOS and use our MOJO feature to send us your entry.

TIP: The more words the better, and if you have pics and videos, you can send that too. 

The competition runs from February 1 to 28.

Winners will be notified by March 1.

Winners will be notified by email or phone, so please send us your contact details with your entry.

Competition Rules:

Selected story entries, pictures and videos will be published on iol.co.za and our social media pages. The winners’ names will be published on our website and social media pages.

Your privacy is important to us. When you enter a competition with us, we ask for your name, email address and mobile number. We use email addresses to notify winners to let them know they have won a prize. We use the mobile numbers provided in order to contact the winner and for prize delivery.

The competition is only open to people residing in South Africa.

Employees of Independent Media, the sponsors & their agents, or any company associated with the competition & their immediate families are not eligible to enter. • Prizes are not redeemable for cash. •  The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. •  Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged. • The entrant accepts that entry to the competition does not constitute a contract or any form of legal commitment between the entrant and IOL. 

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