A touching story of an elderly widower coping with life alone after his wife of 62 years died last January went viral on Facebook.
“So much of our lives were linked.”
The Facebook post from “Humans of New York” racked up more than 1.3 million likes and over a quarter of a million shares.
“My wife passed away last January. We’d been married for 62 years. You caught me at a time when I’ve been thinking a lot about love because I’m reading Shakespeare’s sonnets. The definition of love is elusive, which is why we write about it endlessly. Even Shakespeare couldn’t touch it. All the greatest love stories just seem to be about physical attraction. Romeo and Juliet didn’t know if they liked the same books or movies. It was just physical. After 62 years, it becomes something different entirely.
My wife used to say: ‘We are one.’ And believe me, she was not the type of person to overstate something. Now that she’s gone, I realize how right she was. So much of our lives were linked. We were very physical and affectionate. But we also shared every ritual of our life. I miss her every time I leave a movie and can’t ask for her opinion. Or every time I go to a restaurant and can’t give her a taste of my chicken. I miss her most at night. We got in bed together at the same time every night.”
The special little things he shared with his love are no more but maybe there’s A lesson here for all of us.
When you see your significant other tonight, please remember that these loving moments which sweeten our lives are oh so fragile and temporary.
Remember that the ones we care for should never be taken for granted.
Love them now, today, with everything you have.
“Humans of New York” is a humanitarian and arts website that, through pictures and interviews, has become a strong political force and has helped to shine a spotlight on causes such as LGBT rights and the dire situation of Syrian refugees.