Will the real Romeo please stand up.

When you find the right person, it’s both of you against all odds. All. Coronaviruses included.

Bob and Nancy Shellard have been married for decades. Their love for each other only grows stronger throughout the years. To commemorate that love and the journey they have survived together, they never miss their wedding anniversary. It’s a lifelong family tradition that means not only to them but to their children and grandchildren.

However, Nancy’s Alzheimer’s worsened so her family admitted her to a nursing home last December. Bob couldn’t stand being parted from his wife so he would visit her everyday, intent on being with her always. He was even more excited to visit her on their wedding anniversary this year to celebrate 67 years of being together.

Unfortunately, he was told that the nursing home bans all visits due to the coronavirus outbreak. The restrictions were implemented to protect nursing homes and its patients from the ongoing threat of the global pandemic, especially since older adults are the ones hit by the virus the hardest.

Wanting to make his wife happy on their anniversary, Bob decided to find other ways. No walls and windows can ever separate him from the love of his life. So on the day of their 67th wedding anniversary, the 90-year-old showed up all handsome and brought a pretty sign he made himself. “I’ve loved you 67 years and still do,” he wrote on the sign. “Happy Anniversary”.

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Laura Mikolajczak

To make the presentation more colorful, he also brought balloons with him and stood outside her window like they’re star-crossed lovers. If that’s not devotion I don’t know what is.

This sweet gesture wasn’t all Bob. His family also helped him make this happen. Not only do the couple enjoy affection and commitment that never wavers, they’ve also raised wonderful children who’ll do anything to make their elderly parents happy.

Bob and Nancy’s daughter, Laura Mikolajczak, said her father spent a great deal of time trying to make the perfect poster that his wife would like and would be able to see from her second-floor window. All the efforts he put in his work paid off — he made her sweetheart smile the sweetest.

She waved and she blew kisses from her window, saying she felt like a queen and went on to say “I love you” to her husband. Bob, despite being initially told that he wouldn’t be able to visit Nancy, made his wife absolutely happy even during a crisis.

The couple have loved each other tremendously since meeting at a photo shop where Nancy worked several decades ago. Bob would wait for his boss in the shop, until one day Nancy asked him if he’d walk her home after the shop closed. He did so, happily. It was his future wife after all.

Fast-forward to 67 years and their love is still ironclad strong that no viruses of any kind could stop them from expressing it to one another.

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