Relationships Thursday, April 24, 2014 by Lauren Frankfort Humans of New York often takes photographs of everyday New Yorkers and publishes them alongside a quote... Read More
Humans of New York often takes photographs of everyday New Yorkers and publishes them alongside a quote that encapsulates the subject’s character. Today, the blogger-turned-author Brandon Stanton posted a video about one very special New Yorker, Shirley.
In the clip Shirley, a 100-year-old New Yorker, recounts her happy marriage to the love-of-her-life Moe. What comes out from it are not only adorably sweet tidbits (like that Moe had some serious rhythm), but also heartfelt memories and important lessons about lifelong love.
After explaining how they first met at a party, Shirley explains she knew they belonged together. “We didn’t say we were going to get married, we just knew it,” Shirley says. “It was a meeting of the souls.”
She goes on to reveal her husband was sent to be a doctor during wartime only three years after they were married. To keep in touch, she sent him pictures and he sent her letters including an adorable cartoon drawing, which she shares in the video. Shirley also read a letter Moe wrote to her during the war: “The ships come and the ships go, but I stay here with my thoughts of you, wondering how soon I will be once more with little angel.”
Sadly, Moe was sick for a year before his passing, and Shirley says that she knew he was dying. “I said ‘Moe, what will I do without you?'” she recalls. His response? After gathering up his energy he astutely said something we can all learn from: “Take the love you have for me, and spread it around. In love spread around, there, beauty is found.”
Clearly, theirs was a marriage to aspire to. Watch the full video above. We dare you to not shed a tear.