This widower’s story will totally melt your heart

The definition of love is elusive, which is why we write about it endlessly.

The ever inspiring blog Humans of New York manages to go far beyond the boundaries of Manhattan Island and on Monday HONY shared a post that broke hearts everywhere.

One man’s touching account of his life without his wife of 62-years and how much he missed her was so real and so honest it made several people in The Weekly office cry at their desks.

The widower’s story of love and loss went like this:

“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 man’s tale has been liked over a million times and it prompted many of the pages fans to leave their own responses about losing loved ones but possibly the best comment came from a woman named Nancy who wrote:

“This sort of love is not found but built over years of sharing.”

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