The Adkinses, who live in Martinsburg, W.Va., have been married for 37 years and have two adult children. Part of being able to stay in love so long, Adkins said, is knowing how and when to give someone space.
"We do things together, we do things apart," said Adkins, "like when he wants a boys night, and I want to have a girls night."
Sometimes love makes you act out of character. When Ona Agori-Iwe, a 20-year-old biology major at Hagerstown Community College, was in sixth or seventh grade and bought a blue crystal teddy bear for his love interest at the time.
"I spent my entire savings on it," he said.
But love was fleeting.
"She broke my heart on Valentine's Day. It really hurt," Iwe said.
Luckily, Iwe said, that has been his only major heartbreak so far, and all of that happened before he met his current girlfriend, Jivi, who lives in Nigeria.
"Yes, you could say I'm in love. It's not really hard to say (why). (Jivi) understands me more than my mom or sisters might. She knows me more than anyone else," said Iwe.
His pal, Leliveld Emeni, 20, of Hagerstown, was a bit more pessimistic about matters of the heart.
"I'm single," said Emeni, a second-year student at HCC. "I don't think I'll be getting out of that any time soon."
Emeni said he was in love once, in high school, but thought love was overrated. He bought his sweetheart flowers and jewelry.
"Every guy does the clich stuff," he said, "because they don't know any better."
But they broke up after about a year. "We kind of drifted apart," he said.
Sometimes, learning to let love go is harder than trying to describe or define what love is, said Jeannette Tetro.
Tetro, 82, of Martinsburg, has recently remarried.
"After my first husband died, I was by myself for seven years before I started seeing anyone," Tetro said.
Her first husband, Harry Mihm, passed away in 1998. Even though she was able to find love again after Harry died, she said she found it difficult to say "I love you" to Hartley Tetro, the man she married in June.
"It was hard to commit," Jeannette Tetro said.
But losing a loved one has a way of making you appreciate love more. Hartley Tetro's first wife had also passed away.
"He tells me all the time that there is a reason we are together," Jeannette Tetro said. "He thinks God has something to do with it."