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Love in the Time of Corona

In sickness and in health — or at least that’s what Bob Shellard promised his wife more than 67 years ago when they got married. He didn’t know how true that would be until the current pandemic sweeping the globe came to town. 

They live apart these days — Nancy is in a nursing home while Bob still lives at home. 

Still, like any good husband, Bob was planning to visit Nancy for their anniversary on March 14. But when COVID-19 hit the US, Nancy’s nursing home went on lockdown to ensure the safety of the elderly and immunocompromised residents. 

Bob started thinking of ways to see his bride on their anniversary and came up with one grand gesture to remind Nancy that he was still madly in love with her. 

As a graphic artist, Bob knows how to design things. He made a sign and got some balloons and parked his walker outside Nancy’s room. 

“I’ve loved you for 67 years and I still do,” the sign read. 

“I just wanted her to know for sure that I hadn’t forgotten,” Bob said. “This year she may have forgotten our anniversary, but I’d hoped it would remind her.”


About the author


Jessie Harbin

Jessie lives in Meridianville with her husband, baby and four dogs. She thrives on chaos, and loves finding good news stories where you least expect them.

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