Bob Shellard visits his wife every single day at her nursing home. He wanted to celebrate their anniversary together.
The coronavirus has separated families, claimed lives, and caused a global health crisis. But even in these trying times, there are a few stories that give us hope and restore our faith in humanity. An incident from Connecticut is one such kind. A man who was forced to be away from his wife on their wedding anniversary due to COVID- 19 did the sweetest thing for her.
According to the Huffington Post, Bob and Nancy Shellard of Vernon have been together for 67 years! Having spent nearly a lifetime together, they were looking forward to celebrating their anniversary on 14 March 2020. Though Nancy lived in a nursing home, Bob made sure he made daily visits to meet his beloved wife. So he was looking forward to spending time with her on their anniversary and let her know how much she means to him. But sadly, due to the pandemic health crisis, he was told that he will not be able to see her.
Having known how to court his wife for nearly seven decades, Bob didn't let the news stop him from getting creative. After all, they have never been apart on their anniversary in 67 years, and he was not going to let anything stop him from expressing how he felt for his wife. If anything, the fact his wife was not let to meet anyone made him all the more determined to tell her how much he loved and cared for her. On the day of the anniversary, the senior citizen stood outside his wife's facility holding a bunch of balloons and a placard that said, "I’ve loved you 67 years and still do. Happy Anniversary,” according to Huffington Post.
Due to coronavirus precaution, Bob Shellard isn't allowed to visit his wife in her Connecticut nursing home. So he stood outside her window and held up a sign that said "I've loved you 67 years and still do. Happy Anniversary." https://t.co/cIwZxwmZeN pic.twitter.com/nW86SYm4HU— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) March 16, 2020
His wife was overjoyed to see her partner and his heartwarming gesture. It looked like a scene from a romantic teen movie, only the couple were probably in their eighties, having sailed through many storms together.
One could see that she was elated as she waved her hands and blew kisses at him from her room on the second floor. “It makes me feel bad because I want her down with me, and I know she can’t be. I wouldn’t want anybody else. I don’t think she could put up with anybody else besides me,” said the romantic husband, according to New England Cable News.
His children stated that they were inspired by their parents' love for each other. "It's just been an example for us, for all of us of kids. So all four of us have really learned a lot from them, and I can only hope that I have half as much as what they have shared over the years," said their daughter Laura.
She added, "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," according to the New England Cable News.
She stated it was their first time away from each other on their anniversary. "There's just a sweetness to the two of them and what they share," said the daughter.