‘Till death do us part’… How many times have you heard those words exchanged during a marriage ceremony? Have you shared those same words to your loved one, vowing to love and cherish, in sickness and in health until death do you part? For 92 year-old Howard and his 93 year-old wife Laura, they have spent the past 73 years of their marriage adoring each other. A long lasting love and respect that was recently captured on home video and shared for the world to see. A simple serenade, a quiet loving embrace…something so effortless, yet very powerful. If not for Howard and Laura’s grand-daughter Erin’s quick thinking, their beautiful tale would not have been told.
Howard and Laura have been through many of life’s ups and downs. When Howard was away fighting in World War II, Laura would play their love song “You’ll Never Know” by Rosemary Clooney. The song would sooth her mind and ease her heart when thoughts of Howard’s plight caused her stress. Over the years, Howard and Laura would have fun singing the song at family gatherings, much to the delight and entertainment of close friends and family. According to Erin’s message on YouTube – “After 50 years of marriage, they renewed their vows and performed this song as a duet for the entire family at the reception.”
Life unfortunately has a way of catching up with us, and for Laura, the past few years have been difficult. Blinded by macular degeneration, Laura has had to deal with the loss of her central vision, which has affected her ability to see fine detail, read or recognise faces. This however has not stopped her lifting her face to her husband, searching for his loving eyes. As Howard sings his lines, and occasionally wipes a tear from his cheek, Laura can be seen in the video clip singing the lines of their beloved tune. Howard lovingly touches Laura’s face, even as Laura says “He likes me” to the delight of everyone in the room. After 73 years of marriage, it is so wonderful to see a couple still so much in love.
According to Erin, at the time the video was posted her grandmother Laura was given only a week to live. With care and support, Laura was recently deemed well enough to return home, where she is resting peacefully in her own bed. Surrounded by her family’s love, and the love of her husband Howard. Their relationship is an inspiration to many of us. Thank you to Erin Solari for capturing this tender, loving moment and sharing with the world. Who wouldn’t want a love like that? …for better, or for worse…..until death do us part….
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