Grab the tissues.
Yagana ShahAssociate Editor, The Huffington Post
Even Romeo and Juliet’s legendary romance can’t beat one widower’s love for his late wife. Humans of New York shared the beautiful love story of an older gentleman, who recently lost his wife.
The man’s story and his description of true love have resonated with thousands of people around the world, as the Facebook post has gotten over 250,000 shares and over 1.3 million likes since it was posted on Monday.
“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 man told HONY.
Love is more than just about attraction, the man explains. “We were very physical and affectionate. But we also shared every ritual of our life,” he said.
The man’s heartbreaking description of the everyday moments when he misses his wife has touched hearts, both old and young.
The post has gotten over 67,000 comments from people sharing how deeply his words have moved them.
“Thank you for helping us understand what love is all about. You say the definition of love is elusive, but I think you did just fine. I am so sorry for your loss and cannot fathom the depth of that loss, but you have given us all something invaluable out of that loss,” said one reader.
Many have shared their own Shakespearean quotes on love and loss. We think even Shakespeare would have been moved by this man’s words.