This husband’s tribute to his wife will touch your heart – can you relate? 17



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An American widower has spoken candidly about losing his wife, and described what love has meant throughout his lifetime. The man was interviewed on a popular Facebook page entitled ‘Humans of New York’.

“My wife passed away last January. We’d been married for 62 years”, the man explained. “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”.

“After 62 years, it becomes something different entirely”, the man continued. “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 realise 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”.

This widower’s heartfelt words have reached over 1.5 million people on Facebook. As one Facebook user commented, “You don’t find a love like that, you build a love like that”.

Wow, how moving! What does love mean to you? Who is the love of your life?

“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…

Posted by Humans of New York on Monday, February 1, 2016

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  1. My hubby and I are soulmates, he often comments we are not 2 people we are 1 person He is the love of my life now and forever and I know I am for him too

  2. Soul Mates and that is what my Michael and I were.Love you so much and miss you more my love,my life.Katie XO

  3. So often the very person that’s closest to you can be taken for granted till you lose them. I can’t even bear to imagine a loss like that.

  4. My husband died from cancer at 50; that was 20 years ago. He was my only boyfriend and I’ve had no partner since. If he walked through the door now I would be very happy even though we had our good and bad times. Mike you had better look after our beautiful daughter, Kelly who also died of cancer in 2013. xxx😇😇😇

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    • On Lyn….it’s so hard without our mates…..I miss being able to tell Fred about things that are only relevant to us…another grandchild due soon who will miss out on Poppy time. Xx😍😍

    • my 4 grandkids never knew Mike. He would have taught them so much fixing things is his shed, taking them fishing, camping. Cooper asks a lot of questions about Mike. Life’s unfair but we can’t change it. 😊😉xx

    • I’m thankful every day for the time we had together….but I wish we could have had a lot longer. Can’t understand couples who don’t appreciate each other..xx😥😥

  5. Yes lost my husband 2011 married for 49 years known him for 53 years and he was gone within a fortnight and we didn’t see it coming, still miss him but have learnt to move forward.

  6. To me, love is happiness, a feeling of joy and contentment and peace in my heart. Creating and giving this to another person is the ultimate joy. I wrote the words of my heart to my darling when he turned 70 and we are still enjoying our complete love. I want to share here how I feel about him. To my darling…… How do I know that you love me, as I travel life’s path with you, how do I know that you care for me, how can I tell you are true? I can have feelings, my heart will just soar, every road that we journey, makes me love you more, but how do I know you like living with me, how do you display love, for my eyes to see? You are so patient, when I try you out, you are a good listener when sometimes I pout, you are so understanding when hormones will rage and so supportive when I write a page. A great sense of humour, you willingly display and yet, just so sensible, when sillyness I portray. To you we are equal, your respect for me shows, you are open minded and non judgemental when my stubbornness grows. I feel safe and protected, you take care of me, you stand up for me always, for all to see. Your a dedicated worker, your pride is displayed, your work you enjoy, not just co’s you’re paid. You enjoy what you do and are happy to share, all of the talents, about which you care. You’re happy to visit, making toil into fun, from your responsibilities, you never would run. You tell me I’ beautiful, you encourage me too, you’re unselfish and generous, your own wants are so few. You have uncanny ability, to filter what’s said, your reasonable ways, never cause me to dread, you are grateful and appreciate, what I do for you, even though your requirements, are just so few. You are thoughtful and honest, you are my best friend, our joy in our life, I know will not end. You are just so in tune, with what I wish to do, ever watchful and careful, teaching me too. Sincere and believable ………about you, a given, trust, honesty and sincerity, by which you are driven. Your values and morals are just never questioned, loyal, faithful and grateful, are they some that I’ve mentioned? You are sincere and unselfish, have a love which is sure, I know there would be words to describe you some more. So I think you get the picture, which I just explained, I know that you love me, your patience has never waned, your happy demeanour bounces off the walls, your laughter so loud it rings down the halls. Your optimism is, so infectious too, brightens up the day, for those feeling blue. You would be the most reasonable person, I have yet met, not thinking of selfishness or what you can get. I know that you love me, of that I’m real sure and if ever doubt creeps in, You Just Love Me Some More! I love you darling xxx

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