Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Friday 17 May |
Saint of the Day: St. Paschal Baylon
Aleteia logo
separateurCreated with Sketch.

90-year-old husband woos his wife on their anniversary from outside her nursing home


Laura Mikolajczak | Facebook | Fair Use

Cerith Gardiner - published on 03/22/20

Separated from his wife due to coronavirus, this nonagenarian wasn't going to be deterred in declaring his love.

Forget Romeo and Juliet. One couple from Connecticut recently demonstrated how to really pull off that famous love-scene from outside a window — and that’s even without the balcony!

When Bob Shellard and his wife, Nancy, celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary, it was apart. The coronavirus is limiting access to his wife’s nursing home, so the romantic 90-year-old did not give up on wanting to celebrate the occasion with his wife.

Armed with a chalk board and balloons, the real-life Romeo stood outside his wife’s window with a message of love on the board: “I’ve loved you 67 years and still do.” From inside the home his wife could see the message, as well as her husband blowing kisses to her.

A member of the home’s staff then relayed messages to the lovebirds that left Nancy “feeling like a queen,” according to

The heartwarming story really shows the power of love to overcome an obstacle. We pray Bob and Nancy will get to celebrate properly very soon.


Read more:
5 Ways to make it to your 60th wedding anniversary

Wedding Joy

Read more:
Wedding photographer’s question leaves bride in tears (PHOTO)

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.