They may have been separated this time, but the message was still clear.
A Connecticut man was forced to celebrate his 67th wedding anniversary separated from his wife who is inside a nursing home, so he had to come up with an innovative way to tell her he loves her.
The man, identified in reports by his first name, Bob, was determined to make his wife Nancy’s day special, despite not being allowed to visit her inside the facility in Vernon due to the widespread coronavirus fears.
In good times and in bad ❤️ Nancy Shellard is currently in a #StaffordSprings, CT nursing home. Due to the #coronavirus, her husband Bob would not be able to be by her side for their anniversary. Didn’t matter. For 67 years Bob has showed up & this weekend he did again. @news12 pic.twitter.com/x8meng4djM
— Tara Joyce (@tarajoycetv) March 16, 2020
Bob decided to write the message on a sign and held it up to his wife’s window, according to NBC New York. The message read, “I’ve loved you 67 years and still do. Happy Anniversary.”
His wife saw the sign from her second-floor window and was moved. She blew him kisses in return. The news station interviewed their daughter who said her parents’ relationship has “been an example for us.”
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“They have always been an inspiration to us and I think just seeing every year go by that they still express it in some way on their anniversary,” she said.
The report pointed out that visits to nursing homes have been temporarily restricted due to risk the disease carries for the elderly. Bob used to visit his wife every day at the facility.
“We fully appreciate that this measure represents a severe trial for residents of nursing homes and those who love them. But we are doing what we must to protect our vulnerable elderly,” Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said at the declaration ceremony at the White House.
“I wouldn’t want anybody else,” Bob told the station. “I don’t think she could put up with anybody else besides me.”